The Impact of Legislation on Mental Health

NAMI New Hampshire
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603 Stories Podcast Legislation and Mental Health Conversation – Click here for transcript

We know how legislation has the potential to shape our everyday lives, but how can it affect our mental health?

For many, especially for youth and young adults, the lawmaking process can feel intimidating and inaccessible. Amidst the tidal wave of headlines, advertisements, and calls to action, it can be hard to keep track of what changes are being made in your community and how you can get involved. What we find is that that disconnect, and the contents of the hundreds of bills filed locally each year, can take a real toll on our mental health and our feelings of security in our communities.

In this episode of the 603 Stories Podcast, we speak with Sam Hawkins, the Public Policy Assistant at NAMI NH, about the legislative process and the relationship between pending legislation and our mental health. We learn about how a bill becomes a law, small ways to advocate for change, and how to manage politics-related burnout. Additionally, Sam shares highs and lows from the 2023 NH legislative session and talks about how the most impactful presence at the State House is us—the public!

We hope you give it a listen and leave the episode knowing that the legislative process isn’t quite as daunting as it may seem, and feeling empowered to do your part in 2024!