Make Your Voice Heard
The primary role of elected officials is to create and pass public policies that represent the best interest of the people in their district and in the state of North Carolina. One major way that elected officials are successful serving the people of our state is through the influence and counsel of the people. In order for lawmakers at local, state and federal levels to pass public policies that improve life outcomes for people in mental health recovery it is important the they hear from affected persons. Make your voice heard!
There are many ways that you can be an active and engaged advocate for mental health including:
- Schedule a meeting with your elected official to share your story;
- Sending an email to elected officials to voice your opinion and recommendation about specific policies and legislation;
- Write and submit a letter to the editor or opinion piece about a mental health issue;
- Organize a listening session in your community and invite the elected officials who represent you and your community to attend;
- Organize a town hall meeting related to mental illness and mental health services in North Carolina.
Who represents me in Congress and in the NC General Assembly?