The 2008 Elections Bringing Mental Healthcare to the Ballot
For NAMI state and local leaders:
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Inform campaigns. The following educational materials can be easily assembled in a labeled pocket folio and provided to candidates, campaign staff, or political parties. Include a business card or brochure on your state or local NAMI organization so the campaign has local contact information. Policy Action Agenda Policy Agenda Summary NAMI Fact Sheet Folder Labels
Raise awareness. Candidates and the public pay close attention to letters and op-eds because they reflect the pulse of voters.
Host a candidate forum. Raise the level of dialogue by holding a nonpartisan candidate forum. For excellent information, click here.
Partner with others. Consider working with other advocacy groups to bring attention to mental health issues. For ideas, consider organizations that support the Whole Health Campaign.
For more information, please contact Angela Kimball, Director of State Policy, at firstname.lastname@example.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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