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On Tuesday night, mental health briefly captured the attention of millions of people who tuned into the vice-presidential debate. Moderator, Elaine Quijano asked: After the Dallas police shooting, Police Chief David Brown said, quote, "We're asking cops to do too much in this country. Every societal failure we put it off on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, not enough drug addiction funding, schools fail, let's give it to the cops." Do we ask too much of police officers in this country? And how would you specifically address the chief's concerns? Click here to read more and see how the Senator Kaine and Governor Pence answered.

While this inclusion is a positive step, mental health reform needs to have a larger role in this year's election focus. That's why NAMI is teaming up with 29 health organizations to urge the Oct. 9 presidential debate moderators-CNN's Anderson Cooper and ABC's Martha Raddatz-to ask a question about mental health. The debate will take the form of a town hall meeting. Half of the questions will be posed directly by citizen participants, and the other half will be posed by the moderators based on topics of public interest as reflected in social media and other sources. Americans can submit and then vote on questions online at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com, and ABC and CNN have agreed to consider the 30 most popular topics when they plan the debate. Click here to read more and make your voice heard.

Click here to read the latest blog from NAMI executive director Mary Giliberti, who reflects back on how the momentum which began 2014 will provide a foundation for 2015 and years ahead, and how "the challenge is to keep building on these opportunities."

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