As we approach the 2020 elections, debates become more and more important as America prepares to choose who will become our next president. So far this election season, there have been seven Democratic primary debates, but there hasn’t been a single question about the most pressing issues facing our nation today: mental health and addiction.
With nearly one in five Americans living with mental illness and one in 12 living with addiction, and deaths from suicide and overdose at an all-time high, it’s time to get presidential candidates talking about their plans to address these crises.
The next Democratic debate is taking place on December 19 in Los Angeles. We must demand the moderators #AskAboutMentalHealth! Share one of the tweets below and make sure your voice is heard!
Hey @TimAlberta, @yamiche, @IAmAmnaNawaz, & @JudyWoodruff – we’ve had 7 #DemDebates so far but not even one question about plans to support the 1 in 5 Americans living with a mental illness. On Dec. 19, please #AskAboutMentalHealth! https://bit.ly/2CktRww
Hey @politico & @NewsHour – we’ve had 7 #DemDebates so far but there hasn’t been a single question about mental health, which impacts 1 in 5 Americans. Make sure your moderators #AskAboutMentalHealth on December 19! https://bit.ly/2CktRww
About Mental Health for US
Mental Health for US is a nonpartisan educational initiative focused on elevating mental health and addiction to national policy conversations by empowering grassroots advocates and improving candidate and policymaker health literacy. The Mental Health for US coalition is comprised 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.