1) Why does voting matter to you?
“Voting has always been important in my family. My mother is a teacher, so her job is directly affected by the leaders in power. But ever since I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, I’ve been more eager to vote than ever. First, the youth clinic that provided free counselling to troubled young adults (aka me) was shut down due to lack of funding. Next, the mental health clinic that provided me with a psychiatrist was shut down. For someone with a mental illness, having access to counselling and a psychiatrist could be a matter of life or death. Casting my vote for a party that recognizes the importance of mental health care gives me hope for the future. In my experience, hope is sometimes as effective as medication.”