Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Intern

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Agency Description
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization focused on serious mental illnesses. NAMI Mississippi, an affiliate of NAMI National, is a local mental health support and advocacy organization. Since the organization’s inception in 1988, NAMI Mississippi has worked diligently to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by a mental illness. At the heart of NAMI's mission is the sharing of information with people living with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. NAMI strives to offer hope, through support, education, advocacy and the promotion of research. Research is constantly providing us with new information about the brain and the nature of mental illnesses and, consequently, more effective treatments. Our organization plays a leading role in addressing life in recovery once a person has been diagnosed with a brain disorder. Utilizing research-based curricula and best practice strategies, we impact the change of environmental and community norms through policy advocacy, community education, consumer engagement, social change marketing, media advocacy and youth empowerment.

Position Description
Under the guidance of the Public Policy Committee, students will have the opportunity to work on mental health campaigns targeted at supporting the recovery of individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder and their families. Students will participate in:

• Data entry, collection and analysis
• Research and evaluation
• Program planning and development
• Policy adoption and implementation
• Media, advocacy and community organizing activities

Students will be given opportunities to network with a broad range of community leaders, local school districts, law enforcement, elected officials, public sector staff, concerned residents and other community-based organizations.


• Participate in extending public information regarding NAMI
• Write draft letters to-the-editor, opinion editorials and newsletter articles
• Outreach and conduct educational presentations to schools and community groups
• Develop flyers, fact sheets and other community outreach materials
• Generate reports
• Attend regional and local mental health advocacy meetings, local community meetings, as appropriate
• Research, gather and organize data related mental health in the community, as requested


Job Knowledge/ Experience
• Enrolled in a program with a focus on mental health, public administration, psychology, health, education, social work, business or a related major.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience in public speaking
• Well organized
• Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs
• Professional demeanor

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