Over the past several weeks, with your help, we have made child and youth mental health a national political issue. We must keep up the momentum. This is a critical time and we call on you to please join us in demanding that kids get the right kind of care at the right time, in the right place.
Why meet with your Member of Provincial Parliament?
Meeting with MPPs is one of the most critical advocacy activities available and is very powerful as part of the wider grassroots campaign that Children's Mental Health Ontario is carrying out across the province in the lead up to the provincial budget
- MPPs will assume that for every person they meet with, receive a telephone call or a letter from, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of others with the same view who have not taken the time to contact them.
- If an MPP hears a story directly from a family or youth it is more likely to move them to act.
- MPPs often compare notes about constituent meetings and will identify where there is widespread support across the province for specific initiatives and positions.
- Meeting with an MPP face-to-face gives you an opportunity to connect with that person directly and share the real-life experiences of children, youth, and families.
Getting your message across
We've prepared sample script to help you prepare for a meeting with your MPP.
Setting up a meeting
- Email the MPP’s constituency office to set up a meeting with your MPP. See our template meeting request. Don’t hesitate to follow up via phone call if you don’t hear back.
- If the MPP is unavailable for a meeting, request a meeting with a member of his/her staff. MPP staff have more time to meet with you and they can bring your concerns to the MPP.
Can't meet? Share this Template Letter with the Premier of Ontario
Speak to the media
Speaking to the media is a great way to educate people in your community, raise awareness and get the attention of decision-makers. CMHO's Key Messages can serve as a helpful starting point as you craft your message.
- Write an Op-Ed. An op-ed is an opinion piece by a guest writer (the term is short for “opposite the editorial page").
- Write a Letter to the Editor. They can be used for different purposes such as responding to a previously published letter, editorial or article, sharing a point of view, or carrying a message forward.
- Call in to a television or radio talk-show: this is a great way to get your message to thousands of listeners. If they're covering a topic that's relevant to child and youth mental health, make an effort to call in and share short, concise statements about current issues. Or, try contacting the program's producer to urge him/her to cover a specific child and youth mental health-related issue.
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