Send a Letter to a Decision-Maker
Why Send a Letter?
If you are concerned about a mental health issue that is happening in an organization you are familiar with, in your local community, or in the province, send a letter to those in charge. If it’s a local issue, it may be effective to also send your letter to the local newspaper.
You might write to the school principal about bullying in your child’s school, to the mayor about city council’s decision regarding a homelessness initiative, to the board chair of your Local Health Integration Network about the LHIN plans for mental health services, or to the director of a local recreation centre about the centre’s refusal to provide space in a recreation centre for a peer support group to meet.
You may also choose to send a letter to your MPP rather than asking for a meeting. As a constituent, your MPP knows that you are the key to their understanding of issues important to you, not to mention their political future. They want and need to hear from you on issues you consider important. Writing a letter lets the MPP know you care about an issue and that you’ll watch his or her choices carefully. While written letters have a personal impact and are easily the most powerful way to communicate with MPPs outside of a personal visit, they can also take the longest to reach an MPP.
Keep your letter to one page, one issue, and state its purpose in the first paragraph. Stick to the point with just enough facts to enhance your statement. Explain how the mental health issue you are writing about affects you and what you would like the decision-maker to do. Be courteous, even if you disagree with the decision-maker’s position. Always close your letter by asking for a written response. You may choose to deliver your letter through e-mail, fax, mail or in person.