Tools to Share our White House Petition: Sample Email and Social Media Posts

by Rebecca Farley on January 10, 2013

Thank you to those of you who have already signed our petition asking President Obama to invest in mental health and addiction treatment services! (If you haven’t already signed, you can do so here.)

The work isn’t done yet: to reach our goal of 25,000 signatures by February 2nd, we need to collect at least 940 signatures each day for the rest of the month! Please help reach this goal by sharing the petition with your networks via email and social media.

We’ve drafted some sample text to make it easy:


Dear ________,

2013 is going to be an important year for behavioral health advocacy, with continued debates in Congress over how to cut federal spending and the upcoming rollout of the major provisions of the ACA.

The National Council has launched a petition calling on President Obama to take concrete steps to expand public education about mental illness and to improve the behavioral health system’s capacity to serve people in need of care. We are asking our grassroots to join us in signing the petition, which needs 25,000 signatures by February 2 in order to get an official response from the White House.

Please consider adding your name to the petition and sharing it with your networks via social media or email: If we can get the President to address this issue, it would go a long way toward building political support for investing in mental health and substance use treatment.

More details about the specific asks in the petition can be found in our recent letter to Vice President Biden. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your help reaching our goal of 25,000 signatures!




We’re 20% there! Help reach 25,000 signatures on petition asking @BarackObama to invest in #mentalhealth @nationalcouncil

4,300 signatures & counting! Sign petition to win Pres. Obama’s support 4 investing in #mentalhealth @nationalcouncil

New year, new opportunity to speak up for #behavioralhealth! Sign petition to @BarackObama #mhsm @nationalcouncil


Have you seen this petition asking President Obama to invest in behavioral health? Please help reach our goal of 25,000 signatures in favor of taking meaningful action to strengthen our investment in prevention, treatment, and recovery!

Will you join us in standing together for behavioral health in 2013? Please sign this petition to President Obama asking him to take concrete actions to promote mental health and addiction treatment!


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Ron Hart January 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

I hope this petition gets passed.


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