Did you notice that political candidates tend to focus on the issues of people who usually vote? This is called the voter contact cycle, and it leaves thousands in our state left without a voice.

Statistics show that those living with a mental illness have been less likely to vote than others in the past. This means that candidates have been more likely to overlook the needs of people living with mental illnesses. Yet regardless of your health, age, or socioeconomic status, you have a right to vote – and your voice matters!

Today is National Voter Registration day, and here at NAMI NC, we want to help constituents have their voices heard! Download the voter registration form here and mail it into your local county board of elections. If you aren’t sure whether or not you’re already registered, you can find that information here. Prepare now to have your voice heard and encourage others to get out and do the same!

Already registered? Click here to link to NAMI’s Advocacy Headquarters and take action for mental health. NAMI’s Federal Advocacy efforts can be found here. Additionally, you can click here to learn how the issues you care about intersect with mental health.