How can we let families and friends of addicts know about Nar-Anon? By doing outreach to spread awareness! The focus of outreach is to let families and friends of addicts know that help is available. An outreach committee acts as a vital link between individuals seeking help and Nar-Anon members who share their experience, strength, and hope. Outreach assists in the growth of our local groups, areas, and regions.
Guide for Outreach Letters
Six form letters are included in the Nar-Anon Outreach Folder packet for use by regions, areas, and groups. They are also available in downloadable PDF versions to print or photocopy for purposes of outreach (Print on white paper only)
It is suggested that each letter be accompanied by a local or regional meeting directory, if available, and the outreach literature tri-folds found in the Outreach Packet.
Ask GSRs to distribute An Open Letter to Doctors/Mental Health Facilities and An Open Letter to Spiritual Leaders to their group members. In turn, the group members can be asked to distribute these letters, anonymously if they wish, to medical and mental health professionals or spiritual contacts. In turn, the group members can be asked to drop off these letters, anonymously if they wish, to their own medical, mental and spiritual contacts.
An outreach committee may want to use the Internet and phone book to identify local services:
- Doctors and medical centers
- Therapists and mental health facilities
- Clergy and ecumenical councils
Addiction and government websites often have treatment center listings and other related organizations. An outreach committee may want to use the internet and phone book to identify local services. Outreach letters, together with a local meeting directory and other Nar-Anon literature, can then be mailed or delivered in person by willing volunteers.
Outreach is essential to spreading awareness of the Nar-Anon program. Below are links to downloadable tools to support your outreach efforts.
Nar-Anon Public Service Announcements (PSA)
Print PSA - for use in newspapers, online classified advertisements and other print media. [download pdf]
Video PSA - for outreach via Nar-Anon related websites, forums, and other digital avenues. View the video below. [download video]
Audio PSA - for use on local radio stations, public service airtime, broadcast at public events (i.e., baseball parks, health fairs, etc.) [download audio]
Nar-Anon Offers Hope - Downloadable PDF version to print or photocopy for purposes of outreach. (Print on white paper only) [download pdf]
Narateen Outreach - Downloadable PDF version to print or photocopy for purposes of outreach. (Print on white paper only) [download pdf]
Checklist for an Outreach Booth (O-409) - to help with organization and set up of an outreach booth. [download pdf]
Members can use Outreach challenges at the local, area and regional level to facilitate service work and support Nar-Anon’s primary goal of carrying the message of hope.
We welcome your participation in creating new challenges. What outreach efforts have been successful for you? Work with us to share your ideas with others worldwide. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Challenge #1 - how-to distribute Nar-Anon outreach literature in your community.
- Challenge #2 - how to create information packets for outreach to individuals.
- Challenge #3 - how to create information packets for outreach to professionals.
- Challenge #4 - how to post Nar-Anon information to free online classified ad site.
- Challenge #5 - how to publicize the Nar-Anon Audio PSA for radio air time.
- Challenge #6 - share hope with Nar-Anon's Video PSA.
- Challenge #7 - reach out to the community through special local events.