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Katiri Zuluaga

Manager, State Initiatives

Join the Unite for Mental Health: New Hampshire Town Hall on 12/16

December 12, 2019 | Addictions | Mental Health | Comments
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On Monday December 16th at 6:30pm ET the Unite for Mental Health: New Hampshire Town Hall will kick off at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Presidential candidates Governor Patrick, Governor Weld and Congressman Walsh will share their mental health plans with attendees and answer audience questions. 2X Olympian and Ironman triathlete Sarah True will share her mental health story and Judge Steve Leifman will screen a trailer from his upcoming documentary and discuss his successes. More tickets were just released, and you can watch via Facebook Live. Read more.

UNITE FOR MENTAL HEALTH: NEW HAMPSHIRE TOWN HALL

National Council has joined with Mental Health for US, a coalition of over 80 nonprofits, and the NH Community Behavioral Health Association for the Unite for Mental Health: New Hampshire Town Hall. The event will serve as a town hall for 2020 presidential candidates to engage with an audience of New Hampshire families, mental health professionals and policymakers to discuss the key issues and solutions related to mental health. A local host committee of more than 24 New Hampshire-based organizations have also joined together to press the presidential campaigns to provide more detail on their mental health and addiction treatment plans.

LOCAL CONVERSATIONS, NATIONAL IMPACT

The program for the evening will feature three Presidential candidates including Governor Patrick (D), Governor Weld (R) and Congressman Joe Walsh (R). Sarah True, 2X Olympian and Ironman triathlete, has emerged as a mental health advocate following her showing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She’ll be sharing her personal story and experience as a New Hampshire voter. Judge Steve Leifman of Miami-Dade County will be screening an exclusive trailer from his upcoming documentary “Definition of Insanity” and taking part in a criminal justice community discussion looking at the challenges and opportunities in the behavioral health space. Local voices will also be sharing their experiences as well as data from New Hampshire. Congressman Chris Pappas will provide opening remarks and Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy will rally the crowd to take action. Attend in-person or watch the event via Facebook Live.

NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS CARE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH, BUT DON’T KNOW CANDIDATES’ PLANS

Earlier this year, National Council released national data in conjunction with Morning Consult that found that a bipartisan majority of American voters would be more likely to vote for a candidate in 2020 who promised to do more to address mental health and addiction (75% of Democrats, 52% of Republicans). This week, National Council and Morning Consult released new data from New Hampshire that shows strong bipartisan agreement among registered voters in New Hampshire that the federal government is not doing enough to address mental health (84% of Democrats and 72% of Republicans) and addiction (77% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans) in America. Additionally:

  • A bipartisan majority of New Hampshire voters say a presidential candidate’s plan for increasing funding for mental health (89% Democrats and 82% Republicans) and addiction (85% Democrats and 74% Republican) is important in their 2020 vote.
  • 66% of all New Hampshire voters are more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who promises to do more to address mental health.
  • 77% of young voters and 74% of female voters in the state are more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who promises to do more to address mental health.
  • 56% of New Hampshire voters are unaware of any presidential candidate’s plan to address mental health and addiction.

 WHAT’S NEXT?

National Council has also joined Mental Health for US in the #AskAboutMentalHealth campaign to ensure that questions about mental health are included in the Democratic national debates, and future national debates with all candidates. Click here to sign the statement of support for prevention, treatment and recovery services and tell policymakers that the American people are ready to see changes in our communities.