On Friday, January 8, 2016, Generation Justice began a digital media campaign to address New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Crisis, #NMspeaksCrisis. Please sharing your story and help make this campaign a reality.
From Roberta Rael, Generation Justice Director; and Roberta Rael, Generation Justice Director
As you know, this campaign has been months in the making as GJ members conducted months of research on behavioral health history in NM. The research and preparation phase included discussions with journalists, policy makers, and behavioral health consumers.
I’d like to update you on what we have accomplished so far:
- Conducted 60 interviews to give rise to stories of how New Mexicans experience the behavioral health crisis. We organized these into 24 video stories. Analyzed and identified the gaps in services we were hearing from the people we interviewed.
- Formally presented to the Legislative Health and Human Services Sub-Committee.
- Partnered with experts in the field and others impacted to discuss solutions to the gaps that were identified.These experts have communicated with policy makers about the need to address the gaps in services. We are told that there will be legislation introduced in this upcoming session.
- Developed a major digital media campaign (#NMspeaksCrisis) and strategy which include a petition insisting that the NM Legislature address the crisis in this upcoming session.
But now we really need your help get the word out and to make sure this Legislative session addresses some of the gaps in services. Here are 3 easy steps how you can help take this to the next level:
- Sign and distribute the petition and video stories through listservs and social media platforms--Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and other platforms.
Petition Link: http://chn.ge/1SDkoTm
- Use #NMspeaksCrisis to promote the work.
- Go to the #NMspeaksCrisis webpage and encourage others to tell their stories on the page.
Our first video is embedded in the petition and we will be sending videos out everyday for the next 2 weeks.
We hold a vision that New Mexicans can have Comprehensive and Integrated Behavioral Health Services. To help make this vision a reality, sign and distribute this petition widely in the next week. We are hoping to get several thousand signatures before January 19, 2016.