How Your Vote Affects Mental Health

by | Oct 13, 2020 | Eating Disorder Recovery, Mental Health, Policy, Social Justice | 0 comments

Voting is always a monumental thing, but this year (and maybe it’s my age and with age comes wisdom) is hitting us in places we might not necessarily realize.

#Vote4MentalHealth is a campaign that is spearheaded by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Their goal is to help voters understand how the policies and politicians we are voting for will impact mental health research, diagnosis, and treatment for not just affluent white women, but for everyone who is affected and completely underrepresented.

My recent Instagram post shares just a few of the stats that the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) has released for 2020.

Eating disorders are just one piece of the vast puzzle that is mental illness.

The key issues ANAD discuss in this year’s election are:

  • Health Care

  • Criminal Justice Reform

  • Jobs & The Economy

  • Affordable Housing

  • Veterans

  • Education

  • Immigration

  • Racial Injustice

  • LGBTQI

Understand that your ballot is based upon your State/County so for me to break down every state would take forever. It’s time for you to do your due diligence in researching about the propositions and ballot measures.

But hopefully you will take some of these into consideration.

Something may sound like a great idea at first glance, but the truth is that they could have significant impacts on organizations and causes that we as a society have been fighting so hard for.

I live in Colorado which became the first state in the union to abolish slavery from its constitution last year…

You read that correctly.

We are so behind on the times and the progress we believe we’ve made is nowhere near enough.

So let’s all do our part.

I’ve received my ballot in the mail and will now be doing my research to ensure that I am voting with as much education as possible.

Now, there is the part where my research will be completely obstructed by social media and various online algorithms to persuade me one direction or the other.

Look to organizations like NAMI and BLM & BIPOC driven nonprofits to get the real data. I am part of a generation that is no longer considered to be children. We are the future of this world, and the generations that will come after us.

Let’s lead the way through love and truth. Not division of scrolling and online bullying.

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Hey, I’m Lauren Dow. Author, advocate, and feeler of the big feels. I’m here to provide a safe space to normalize the conversation about mental health and reinforce self-love. Thanks for joining me on this wild ride.

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