Title: MHCC releases Government Engagement Toolkit


English Title: MHCC releases Government Engagement Toolkit

by Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Summary

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created its new Government Engagement Toolkit — an easy-to-use guide to help those who work or volunteer in the field communicate their message to elected officials and decision makers.

Detailed description

As the October federal election draws near, mental health advocacy groups and organizations across the country are striving to keep the topic at the forefront of a crowded political agenda. That’s why the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) created its new Government Engagement Toolkit — an easy-to-use guide to help those who work or volunteer in the field communicate their message to elected officials and decision makers at all levels of government. “It’s not always simple to get a meeting with the right person, to find out who to ask for funding and support, or to follow up with information that will get favourable attention,” explained Stephanie Machel, the MHCC’s director of public affairs and a seasoned politico with many years of Parliament Hill experience. “I know first-hand how frustrating it can be for stakeholders who’ve been given the runaround. This toolkit is designed as a road map to help eliminate false starts.” Louise Bradley, MHCC president and CEO, concurred. “You know, I’ve been an advocate of one kind or another for years and, to this day, there are times when I’m stymied as to who to meet, what to say, where to be, and how to make the best use of time. I read this toolkit myself, and I’m convinced it will help demystify the process.” The plain language toolkit includes details about the roles of various levels of government vis-a-vis mental health how to contact the right person what to bring to a meeting appropriate followups to get the response you deserve. “We see this engagement toolkit as an extension of the broader messaging the MHCC is articulating as the pan-Canadian voice of mental health in the lead-up to the election and beyond,” explained Machel. “Whatever your political stripe, we all have mental health to look after.”

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Submitted By

Charlene Sunkel

Created At

2019-09-04 10:37:39

Revised At

2019-09-04 10:38:19

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