Vermont has a strong and vibrant advocacy community. Advocacy groups throughout the state play important roles, both individually and collectively, in helping to strengthen the statewide system of care and support for individuals with a mental illness . They support, promote, research, and educate, as well as provide a way for individuals and families to connect to others with similar concerns.


What is self-advocacy?

  • Speaking up for yourself.
  • Negotiating for yourself.
  • Making your own decisions.
  • Asking for what you need.
  • Knowing your rights and responsibilities.
  • Using the resources that are available to you.

Who is a self-advocate?

A person with who speaks up, alone or with others, for their rights, equality, and freedoms in our communities and around the world.


2013 Mental Health Advocacy Day (external link)


2010 Mental Health Advocacy Day!