One Small Victory

Yay good news!
Yay good news!

Yesterday, I mentioned the radio ad that really bothered me.  It turns out that the actual promo said “who needs antidepressants when you have Zakk in the afternoon?”  Still pretty bad, huh?

Well, it bothered me so much and it seemed to bother many of you, so I decided to take the matter a little further.  I was going to write a formal letter, but I am very impatient and need things done right here, right now (might be a result of living during my generation).  Anyway, I went to the radio station website and found the email address for the president of the company.  If you have concerns about something, my advice is to contact the highest person you can.  I’ve done this in the past and it hasn’t failed me yet.  Here’s what I wrote to the president of the company that owns the radio station:

To Whom It May Concern:
I listen to (radio station) everyday on my way to work and a particular ad on your station struck me as being quite insensitive.  I can’t quote the ad exactly, but it was for the radio station and it went something like “If you listen to so and so on our station you can throw away your antidepressants.”  While it may have seemed lighthearted, it trivializes mental illness and is especially insensitive to individuals suffering from depression.  I am saddened by this blatant ignorance from a station that I generally like.  As an advocate for mental illness, I ask that you please consider removing the ad from the air as a way to show support for your listeners who do suffer from mental illness.
Thank you for your time and consideration on this serious matter.
I didn’t fully expect to hear back from anyone at all, and certainly not within an hour of sending the email.  However, within an hour, the president responded back.  He seemed very concerned in his email and gave me his number to call him, so I did.  I was nervous, of course, but he was incredibly apologetic and very respectful.  He said that he called everyone he could think of to have the promo pulled immediately.  He said that the listeners are the company’s top priority and that if even one is unhappy with something, it will be addressed.  He was apologetic the entire time and said he would send me a follow up email, which he did.  He followed-up with me a few hours later to confirm that the promo had been removed.
It was a small victory, but it meant a lot to me to have done something like that.  It’s the small victories like this that make the difference.
I’m going to start adding a contact form at the end of all of my posts.  I’m always happy to hear from you 🙂
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59 thoughts on “One Small Victory

  1. I’m so pleased that you contacted the station and that they responded appropriately. And it’s fantastic that you went right to the top and was able to communicate with him even though it made you nervous. Kudos to you for standing up for those of us who live with mental illness. And THANK YOU.

      1. I’m the exact same way all the time, so even though my actual vocal tone might change, my words remain the same. I’ve actually scared grown men off, simply by being strong and assertive. They called it “yelling and screaming”. I know the difference. I’m also not a fool. If I raise my voice, you can hear me three houses down, whereas most women, when we’re being strong and assertive, insecure men take it the wrong way. That pisses me off.

        I am glad they handled the entire situation expediently. No one should have to hear that kind of bullshit on their way to work, or at all. I never would have been nice about it. I take mental health very seriously.

      2. Oh gosh yes! I know what you mean about insecure men and I’m sure most women do too. 🙂 I’m just happy that he was totally respectful and actually pulled it off the air. It just takes one person sometimes to make a difference, even if a small one 🙂

      3. I scared the shit out of two men last month for being strong and assertive. They accused me of “yelling and screaming”, which just goes to show you how dramatic the opposite sex can actually be when faced with a woman that won’t take their shit. If I HAD been screaming, half the neighborhood would have heard me, so I had to laugh at the absurdity of the accusation.

        I agree with you, sometimes people are willing to work with you and make it right. That’s VERY important to me, especially having worked in public relations. I know that if I’m wrong, I’ve got to fix it. I no longer work in PR, but that aspect of me is still ingrained.

    1. Thank you so much! It is great news, not just for me, but to all the people who had to listen to that stupid thing. It was really cool that he got back to me and so quickly too 🙂

  2. Small victory!?? That’s so great! Not small at all. Statistically, there has got to be a few more people suffering some type of mental illness who heard that ad that you stopped. I bet if they new they’d be grateful, who ever they were 🙂

  3. Wow! That was great! On your part, as well as the President of the radio station. I am pretty surprised by how many people in my country swat aside ‘depression’ like it’s nothing. It’s a bit disheartening to think that in this day and age people can be that uninformed. Really glad to see some sensitivity to the issue. Job well done. 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on NomNomHelp and commented:
    I thought this was amazing. How often do we expect responses like this? This is a stigma battle story with a very happy ending. And it just goes to show that we can all step up and do our part to make a difference.

  5. Good for you on 2 counts ie one for actually doing it which is not easy and two, for raising awareness of mental health issues in the community (and for speaking up for people who cannot speak for themselves)

  6. That is awesome! Especially picking up the phone to call. It can be easy to send an email but to call and speak person to person. People think it can not make a difference, but you cleary did. Thank you 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

  7. Way to go! I love the look of victory on Chester’s face. Also, this was a huge victory. If nobody speaks out and feels this kind of ignorance should be brushed aside, it will only continue.

  8. Proud of ya Megan! It might look like a small victory, but it’s actually a giant leap for mental health advocacy 😀

  9. Wow, well done! I’m impressed. You should be very proud of this achievement. 🙂 And also well done by the president of this station for taking your words seriously.

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