As we enter the season of 2020 primaries and caucuses, debates become more and more important as America prepares to choose who will become our next president. So far this election season, only one debate has included a substantive conversation about some of 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.
There will be two more presidential debates in the month of February. We must demand that moderators #AskAboutMentalHealth! Share one of the tweets below and make sure your voice is heard!
Wednesday, Feb. 19: NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent are hosting a debate in Las Vegas, NV
Hey @NBCNews, @MSNBC and @TheNVIndy, voters deserve to hear from presidential candidates about their plans to address the #mentalhealth and #addiction crises. Please have your moderators #AskAboutMentalHealth on 2/19! https://bit.ly/2NMKS8L
Tuesday, Feb. 25: CBS News, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and Twitter are hosting a debate in Charleston, SC
Hey @CBSNews, @Twitter, @CBCInstitute, there are millions of Americans impacted by the #mentalhealth and #addiction crises, but there has not been ONE question about this in any #DemDebate. Please #AskAboutMentalHealth on 2/25! https://bit.ly/2NMKS8L
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.