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Elections:
Bringing Mental Healthcare to the Ballot

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) encourages you to be a knowledgeable and informed voter. You can make a difference by questioning and educating candidates on issues that affect people who live with mental illness.

NAMI does not endorse specific candidates and any materials posted are intended for educational purposes only. Nonprofit charitable organizations, including NAMI affiliates, are prohibited by law from endorsing specific candidates or parties.

Make Yourself Heard

Make a difference. It's easy. Ten Simple Ways to Make a Difference lets you know how you can easily impact candidates and campaigns.

Ask a question. Ask candidates one or more of our open-ended questions related to mental illness.

Wear a button. Sport a sticker.  Make a statement wherever you go.  Download templates or ordering information for "Mental Health Care Gets My Vote!" buttons, lapel stickers, rally signs and bumper stickers. 

Learn the issues. Read through NAMI's Policy Action Agenda and pick up useful facts and points to emphasize.

Exercise your right to vote. Make your voice count. Understand your voting rights and how to register.


For NAMI State and Local Leaders

Find additional election materials to elevate mental health issues on candidates' agendas.


Nonpartisan Website Resources

FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania that provides an unbiased look at the facts behind political ads and comments of major U.S. politicians.


For more information, please contact Angela Kimball, Director of State Policy,
at angelak@nami.org


"Mental illnesses are shockingly common; they affect almost every American family. It can happen to a child, a brother, a grandparent, or a co-worker. It can happen to someone from any background… It can occur at any stage of life, from childhood to old age. No community is unaffected by mental illnesses; no school or workplace is untouched."

               ~ Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America

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