NAMI Statement on Release of U.S. Presidential Candidate Positions on Mental Health and Addiction

8/27/2019


Arlington, VA— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a proud member of Mental Health For US, a nonpartisan, educational coalition elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations around the country. Today, the coalition released candidate responses to their survey which asked 11 questions addressing mental health, drug overdose, criminal justice reform, equal access to care and more.
 
“1 in 5 Americans experiences a mental illness, which is why mental health deserves to be part of the national conversation,” said NAMI Acting CEO Angela Kimball. “We’re glad that candidates are engaging in this vital topic and sharing their views and plans. But this is just the beginning – we hope more policymakers and candidates will make it a priority for people to get care early, get the best possible care, and get diverted from the criminal justice system.”
 
To read the coalition press release visit: https://www.mentalhealthforus.net/news-and-events/
 
Tune into the Mental Health for US Presidential Candidate Forum series, the first of which is being held at Drake University in Iowa on September 27.  Tickets are complementary but must be reserved in advance by visiting https://www.mentalhealthforus.net/news-and-events-iowa/.
 
For more information, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net.

About The National Alliance On Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Learn more about www.nami.org | facebook.com/nami | twitter.com/namicommunicate | instagram.com/namicommunicate.

About Mental Health for US

Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction in policy conversations by empowering grassroots advocates and improving candidate and policymaker health literacy. The initiative is powered by a coalition of stakeholder groups from around the country dedicated to uniting the American people to make systemic, long-term change with civic engagement tools and resources. For more information, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net