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Advocacy Tool Kit

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The resources on this page will help hone your advocacy skills.  Whether you are advocating for your child/youth, or on a larger scale, advocating for child and youth mental health, these resources will help provide you with some tips for effective advocacy.

 

 

 Parents for Children’s Mental Health realizes that:

  • Funding for children’s mental health services is inadequate
  • There is no law that says children have the right to mental health services
  • There are long wait lists for services/supports
  • Families are overwhelmed/at the breaking point

 

Resources to Assist with your Advocacy

Choosing Your Advocacy Tactics vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 34.00  kB New Choosing Your Advocacy Tactics
Working with Your MPP vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 34.00  kB New Working with Your MPP
Meeting with Legislatures and Policy Makers vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 34.00  kB New Meeting with Legislatures and Policy Makers
Government 101 pdf 36.00  kB New Government 101
Dos and Donts of Legislative Letter Writing vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 40.00  kB New Dos and Donts of Legislative Letter Writing
One Page Briefs vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 39.00  kB New One Page Briefs
Cost of Raising a Child with Mental Illness vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document 41.00  kB New Cost of Raising a Child with Mental Illness
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List of Ontario MPPs by Riding.  

This list provides all the Ontario MPPs (March 2016), by riding.  By clicking on their name, you will have access to their contact information, as well as their role within the Provincial Legislature.

Template Letter to Your MPP

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To be an efffective advocate it is important that you are familiar with the environment and pertinent information about the system within which you are advocating.  It is important for you to educate yourself.  Do not be found in a position where you meet with an MPP or others and speak about needed changes that may be underway, or that have been addressed.  

With knowledge comes power.  

 

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The child and youth mental health system is currently undergoing transformation.  The Ministry of Child and Youth Services are carrying out this transformation under "Moving on Mental Health: Making a system the makes sense to children, youth, and families."  Be familiar with the transformation, and the Moving on Mental Health Strategy to better inform your advocacy and your "asks".  Learn more about this transformation here.

 

PCMH advocates provincially for families raising children and youth with mental health disorders and illnesses.  In order to do this effectively, PCMH must represent a broad perspective of families from across the Province, and align this with the work that is happening at a Provincial level.  Below are two tools that PCMH uses to guide their provincial advocacy, and represents the voice of families.  Our Position Paper was based on a survey of Ontario families, and can provide you with many talking points and messages to be used in your own advocacy.

PCMH Position Paper

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
 

“We must become the change we wish to create.” Gandhi

I thank you in so many ways for allowing me to be part of the greatness that is and with growth of PCMH......... and its professional aquiantances; for the awesomeness that is … Member, Niagara,