NAMI NC provides mental health advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all individuals and families can build better lives. NAMI NC envisions a community where all people affected by mental health conditions can live healthy and fulfilling lives. Advocate at the county, state and national levels for non-discriminatory access to quality healthcare, housing, education and employment for people with mental illness. Educate the public about mental illness. Work to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Advocate for increased funding for research into the causes and treatment of mental illness. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.