Election Day is Tuesday, November 7
Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the Unites States. It affects one out of every five Americans. It does not discriminate between Republicans, Democrats, or independents.
NAMI encourages people to find out the views of candidates concerning mental illness and the healthcare system. Information can be obtained from candidate Web sites, the news media, or by asking questions at candidate forums. Candidate profiles, positions, and contact information can be found in NAMIs new online
And then make sure to vote.
Here are five reasons to vote, representing six major areas of concern. They are relevant for all candidates—local, state, or federal.
In NAMIs Grading the States report earlier this year, which surveyed state mental healthcare systems, the national average was D. No state received an A. Only five states received Bs. Eight received Fs. Clearly, as a nation, and at the state and local level, we can do better. We need leaders who will give priority to addressing these vital areas of concern.
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