Media Kit

If you are showing "Stopping the Revolving Door" at a public meeting, publicizing the showing through your local newspaper, radio station, community board or other source will help you let people know.

Personalizing Your Release

You'll find a draft press release below that you can customize to your public event. Just copy and paste the content into a document on your computer and personalize the release by:

To see how a completed release might look, click here.

Submitting Your Release

Most releases today are submitted to media via email.

Many news oganizations accept news releases by fax. The "Contact Us" section usually provides a facsimile number. Fax your release with attention to CITY EDITOR

You may also find information in "WRITING A LETTER TO THE EDITOR - Tips for advocates" that will be useful

Draft Release

(Your logo here if one is available)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Date goes here)

CONTACT
(Name goes here with phone number and email address)
(Second contact goes here, if any)

(Your city, state) – An estimated 7 million Americans suffer from severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but everyone is impacted by those who are too ill to seek or accept treatment and end up homeless, in jail or prison, or “housed” in an ER because they are in crisis and there’s no hospital bed available for them.

(Organizer’s name) will show the documentary video, “Stopping the Revolving Door – A Civil Approach to Treating Severe Mental Illness” at (time and date) to raise awareness of how court-ordered outpatient treatment can provide intervention before the consequences of non-treatment set in.

“There’s a lot of myth and misinformation about the role of mandated outpatient treatment can play in community mental health,” said (name and title of a spokesperson for the sponsors of the screening). “By showing assisted outpatient treatment at work, it addresses that confusion.”

Taped on location in Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland, the video illustrates the impact of court-ordered treatment – or its absence – through the lives of three families.

“It’s one thing to read about how civil commitment saves the lives of people with crippling mental illness,” says (your spokesperson). “It’s another to see the process in action in a courtroom and to watch individuals and families tell their own stories.”

The showing at (location) will be followed by (other details of your program, if any). Admission is (free or the amount being charged).

More information about the event is available from (contact person and phone or email). Information about assisted outpatient treatment is available on the Treatment Advocacy Center website at TreatmentAdvocacyCenter.org.


To see how a completed release might look, click here.