PUBLIC AFFAIRS TOOLKIT
Collected here are resources and templates to enable you to reach out to your elected officials and advocate effectively on digital platforms
Letters to Editor(s)
Despite declines in the industry, your local newspaper still has influence and readership. A letter to the editor is one effective way to share your views with the editorial team and more importantly the newspaper’s entire readership. Use these example letters to the editor and customize with your own take, data and point of view.
Letters to Legislator(s)
While there is no immediate legislation afoot that impacts mental healthcare in Arkansas, as the ARmindsMatter movement gathers steam we hope there will be. In the meantime, we want to be sure that our legislators hear from their constituents and understand the crying need for mental health care reform in our state. Arkansas trails every state in the U.S. in mental health investment; it’s time we move from the worst in the nation and the only way we’ll do it is through policy and action in the Legislature.
Guest Commentary or Op-Ed
Many newspapers are pleased to run guest editorials or commentaries from readers. This form complements the newspaper’s own editorial page with healthy reader discourse; it’s an important way to make your views known in your community, and its appearance in the newspaper lends credence to your stated point of view. Mental health is a grossly misunderstood individual and societal concern, and the guest commentary format allows our industry providers a way to shine light into the darkness. Customize these examples with your own local color to make it more meaningful to the local editor and readership.