NAMI Announces New Website to Make Mental Health a Priority in 2020 Elections

Sep 10, 2020

Every elected official — from the president and Congress to county commissioners and city councilmembers — has influence on issues impacting people affected by mental health conditions. They all play a role in deciding what mental health services and supports are available in the community. As we enter the home stretch of the 2020 elections, this is a good time for voters to learn how different policy issues intersect with mental health and how elected officials can impact what mental health care and services are available in our community.
NAMI is nonpartisan and does not take positions on candidates or political parties. Rather, NAMI aims to help voters understand how their vote already makes a difference. Your vote can send a clear message that mental health matters.
To help voters across the country, NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of a new website,, that provides information on how to ask candidates about their positions on important issues, updates on how to cast a ballot and reminders for key voting dates in a voter’s state.
Make a Plan to Vote
From health care to the economy to criminal justice and more, mental health touches many of the issues that you might care about the most. When you cast your ballot, you #Vote4MentalHealth, whether you realize it or not. Your vote matters.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may not feel safe going to a polling location on election day. Fortunately, there are other options to cast a ballot. The website,, provides voters with resources specific to their state with information about how to register and safely cast your ballot either by mail or in person. Voters can sign up on the site to take the “Pledge to Vote4MentalHealth” and they will be sent reminders for important deadlines and requirements specific to where they live.
Join us. Together, we can make a difference for everyone affected by mental health conditions. We need to collectively cast our ballot and #Vote4MentalHealth on Nov. 3 to improve mental health care in every community.
Take the pledge to #Vote4MentalHealth and learn more at

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text “helpline” to 62640, or chat online. In a crisis, call or text 988 (24/7).