You’ve realised that something needs to change, but what do you do now? If you’re supporting one of Beat’s campaigns, we’ll have done lots of this planning. But if you want to campaign on something else, then our comprehensive campaigner toolkit will give you everything you need to have maximum impact.
Start by answering some key questions:
It is important to back up what you are saying with evidence that proves it is a problem. You could:
Showing that your issue affects many people and ensuring that a decision maker hears their voices and personal stories can persuade them that they need to act. This is why at Beat we regularly ask our supporters to add their name to our petitions and raise awareness of our campaigns with their local decision makers.
But don’t be put off campaigning if you can’t find statistics to back you up. Sharing your own story and how this has affected you is extremely powerful on its own. This page contains some useful statistics that can be quoted.
Campaigning on such complex issues can be a pretty big task, so it’s important to be realistic with about this and break things down to make them more manageable. Every project is different so there is no list of goals that will work for everything, but just as an example, an achievable goal might be to make a plan, to write to your MP or to do a radio interview.
Identifying where change needs to happen and who can make the change you want can be a challenge. The political and health systems can be complex, but you don’t need to be an expert in how they work before you can get started. The worst that can happen is the person you contact can’t help you, but they might know who can.
A good place to start might be our page on Engaging with decision makers.
Now it is time to decide what the best way is to reach your goal. Some ideas you could consider are:
If you’ve been public about your campaign, people may contact you seeking support. It’s important to take care of yourself and direct them to appropriate support, such as the Beat Helpline.
We want to see a society where people with eating disorders experience care and understanding, and health systems where they can quickly access effective treatment.
Want to start making a difference? This page will help you work out who the most relevant person to contact is. Find out how this differs across the UK, and get specific advice about contacting politicians and local NHS leaders.
With all of our campaigns, we hope we can move a step closer to getting everyone with an eating disorder the early treatment they need and deserve.
It's really important to plan how you’ll protect your wellbeing when campaigning.
Decisions over health funding and policies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are taken by their respective Governments. As a result, the structure of the NHS varies between the different countries of the UK.
The mental health system is full of acronyms and jargon that can make it difficult to understand, whether you want to raise awareness, take part in a consultation or contact your local politician.