Getting Vocal at Mental Health Day on the Hill

The Mental Health Legislative Network’s annual Day on the Hill drew over 500 people to the Capitol on March 14 to urge legislators to pass important legislation to expand school mental health services, invest in more supports for children and adults and ensure that insurance parity for mental health care is met.

Mental health advocates from around the state participated in the day getting up-to-date on the status of these issues, visiting legislators and holding a vocal rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

“Today is not the time to be quiet. Today is the day to be loud,” shouted one speaker as she emphatically urged advocates to raise their voices.

“We are going to make sure we are heard,” said NAMI’s executive director Sue Abderholden. “We need mental health parity enforced now, not next year or in two years. This bill needs to be passed this week!”

Many of the issues advocates care about most are being debated right now at the Capitol, and NAMI staff and volunteers have been a constant presence at legislative hearings, sometimes working long into the late evening hours.