National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Mississippi Valley offers free training for those living with a serious mental health condition, and their family members, on how to advocate by telling personal stories.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Advocacy training will be 9 a.m. to3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Center for Active Seniors Inc., 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. There is no charge and lunch is provided. Register by Tuesday at 563-386-7477 ext. 266 or email at

Session develop these skills:

• Telling a compelling story to inspire and "make an ask" in 90 seconds.

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• Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making a high-impact phone call

• Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

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