I write letters to people with influence as an advocate for people with mental illness. It can be very discouraging. I have been doing this for 25 years since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After seeing the way people with mental illnesses and how are treated, forgotten, ostracized, and made out to be monsters, I started my quest to change the system.
I have had small successes and have learned things that work. However, my new strategy is when I don’t get an answer from a politician or someone in the media, I don’t back down. The politicians are paid by tax dollars and elected and therefore can be replaced. My following of media can be changed.
In addition you are invited to join a closed group on Facebook I started: https://www.facebook.com/groups/494927813883917/
If you are just starting out as a mental health advocate, I wish you the best of luck. It is not an easy road, but you will be changing lives and raising awareness and that is an important step. I commend you for taking this path and wish you much success.