How to Be an Advocate

Do you want to help improve services for youth with mental illness, but aren't sure how to start?

Do you want to develop the skills to be a voice for your patients and your profession?

AACAP's Virtual Advocacy Forum
A recording of the virtual forum, Using the Current Public Health Crisis as an Opportunity for Advocacy, hosted September 2020 and sponsored by AACAP's Advocacy Committee, includes a roadmap for AACAP members and our regional organizations to engage in advocacy. This virtual forum provides insights into being an advocate for children and adolescents with decision makers, and all AACAP members are encouraged to view the recorded forum. 

Become an Advocacy Liaison
Any AACAP member interested in becoming better engaged with mental health advocacy and adding your voice to AACAP’s advocacy efforts is invited to join the Advocacy Liaison (AL) Network. Advocacy Liaisons freely participate in monthly calls to learn about the latest state and federal initiatives and effective strategies to organize grassroots activities in your regional organization. If you are interested in becoming an Advocacy Liaison, please contact

Learn more about the role of an AL.

Advocacy and Collaboration Grants
Learn how AACAP supports local and state initiatives through Advocacy and Collaboration Grants given annually to regional organization of AACAP.

Advocacy Training Presentations
AACAP provides advocacy training for AACAP Regional Organizations and psychiatry training programs. If you are interested in organizing a training, please contact To view and download slides from past trainings, please click here. (member log-in required)

Grassroots Advocacy Tools
A key component of AACAP's approach to advocacy is the strength of our grassroots network. Use the resources below to improve your advocacy at the state and local levels.