Some perhaps cynical ideas:
National mental health advocacy is rarely effective in the sense that it leads to getting laws passed. Most organizations are not big enough to make a huge impact on their own. It requires smaller players working together for a bigger cause which is something that rarely happens since most organizations advocate most for themselves or their particular views. And people who cant stand each other rarely stand for much in the wider context of things.
This does not mean it is not important to speak on a national level. It means it is an uphill battle and until we get our affairs in order we are unlikely to affect any wider or larger affairs.
It is important to keep trying because if you fold things up you leave the floor open to whoever makes the most noise and often the noisest people make the least sense.
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