Youth/School Groups

Mental Health Matters Day

March 11, 2020 – 8 am to 2 pm
Convention Center, Empire State Plaza

Join us for our annual Mental Health Matters Day, a day-long legislative advocacy event sponsored by the Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS). We advocate for non-partisan issues related to mental health policy initiatives that impact our communities. Middle and High School students throughout the state are encouraged to attend; participation is free and breakfast is provided.

Prior to the event, our staff will help schools and youth groups by providing:

  • Webinars, along with corresponding lesson plans, to educate students about the advocacy process and MHANYS’ legislative agenda.
  • A social media toolkit to promote your school’s attendance in Albany on March 11. In addition, MHANYS will draft media advisories to inform local outlets about student participation.
  • Help scheduling appointments to meet with local legislators in Albany and support in arranging for bus permits.

On March 11, schools and youth groups will receive: 

  • A Mental Health Matters t-shirt and legislative materials to share with representatives.
  • Breakfast for all students and adults.
  • Support from one of our staff, to act as a personal “host” for your group.
  • An opportunity to connect with other students from across NYS and to hear from guest speakers, including behavioral health advocates and legislators.
  • Pre-arranged appointment with your local legislative representatives.
  • An opportunity to participate in a rally.

What you can do following the event….

  • Share your experience via social media and during a presentation to your Board of Education.
  • Write follow-up thank you notes to local legislators.
  • Write letters-to-the-editor about your experience and issues of importance.
  • Complete evaluation form for MHANYS about Mental Health Matters Day.
To register, email
For questions, contact Cohen Miles-Rath, Program Coordinator at (518) 434-0439