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Petition to NHS England, Theresa May MP

Make Emotional Support Animals UK Legal

1 in 4 people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem within their lifetime.  The number of people who are affected by mental health is rising. I have been affected by various mental health problems since I was just 7 years old, including anorexia, anxiety and clinical depression.  Mental health is NOT something to ever be ashamed of. I am speaking out because I want to help everyone out there who has ever experienced a difficulty or struggle with a mental illness. People with mental health problems  don't always find it easy to talk. Engaging with various treatment such as impatient or crisis support, still may not end up being particularly successful. What a lot of people really need is just a companion, something they can love, take care of and look after, something that will always be there for them when they need it most, a small little creature depending on them.  An Emotional Support Animal is a pet that helps alleviate symptoms of a mental or emotional disability through companionship and affection. Sadly, unlike in America, Emotional Support Animals are still not recognised as a certified assistance animals in the UK. This means that the rules that apply to other assistance animals, such as guide dogs, do not apply to emotional support pets. This means that for people with all kinds of illness, be it scitsophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, ANYTHING- they have no rights to have their emotional support pet. This means the pet could be taken away from them, not allowed in housing etc... this list goes on. At the end of the day, they could be separated from their pet, which would severely impact on their quality of life and emotional well-being.  There are so many people just like me who rely on their pets for their emotional wellbeing. At the moment, these pets are not recognised. They cannot live in non-pet housing or travel as freely as registered assistance animals, as well as many other things that a registered assistance pet would be able to do. Mental Health IS a disability. Just like any other. Just because you can't always see it doesn't mean it isn't there... THIS PETITION HOPES TO BRING LEGAL RECOGNITION TO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS IN THE UK "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."- Helen Keller Please Help.

Fenn Flyer
498 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt

Provide Tapering Strips for people who want to withdraw safely from antidepressant drugs

Provide Tapering Strips to help users who want to stop taking anxiety & depression drugs Psychoactive prescription drugs (such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications) are often very difficult to stop taking. Many people experience difficulties stopping or reducing their drugs even with the support of Doctors and Psychiatrists. Because stopping or reducing these drugs is so difficult, many people feel trapped into taking these tablets for many years, giving them side effects and costing the NHS money in providing unnecessary prescriptions. Many of these drugs cause a physical dependence and the best way to avoid any unpleasant symptoms is to reduce the dosage slowly over an extended period. As it is now, many people who want to stop have no option but to reduce to the lowest possible dosage then “jump off” which can be extremely challenging. Some users simply carry on taking a drug beyond the point at which it was effective and useful to avoid the challenge of stopping. Providing a safe method by which people can gradually reduce their psychoactive prescription medications helps patients and helps doctors too. A Dutch research team from the User Research Centre of Maastricht University, led by Dr Peter Groot and working with the not-for-profit Cinderella Therapeutics foundation have created the solution that this petition is calling for. Over 2,000 people have already been helped by this solution. More details are available on this website: Listen to my interview with Dr. Groot here: What we want We want the UK medical authorities to trial and implement Tapering Strips which provide the most commonly prescribed medications in decreasing doses over a period of time.  We need Tapering Strips to help the millions of users of psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs because: Many tablets are only available in increments that are so large that they are useless for gradual lowering (tapering) of the dose.  Liquid forms for some medications are available but tend to be hugely expensive and therefore the NHS will not provide them.  Pill cutting is, at best, a hit and miss affair and can lead to withdrawal. Many doctors and psychiatrists confuse the symptoms of withdrawal with a return of the symptoms that the tablet was originally prescribed for. These kits would save a significant amount of time for General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Community Mental Health teams. These kits would help users of psychiatric medications stop taking them safely and in a controlled fashion, giving them control over their drug intake. This solution exists and has already helped over 2,000 Dutch patients. We should adopt this approach UK wide and learn all we can from the Dutch researchers leading the study. This is vital work, and the solution is elegant and brilliantly simple. For more information visit:

James Moore
2,559 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Martin Gannon

Gateshead Council should provide free school transport for young people with SEND

We disagree with the method that that Gateshead local authority and council are using to save money. As part of their money saving strategies they have withdrawn funding for home-school taxis for some young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).  Many young people with SEND attend specialist schools or colleges that are suited to supporting their particular needs. Often these schools are not within their local catchment area and they must travel significant distances each day to access the most suitable educational provision for them.  Historically, young people with SEND have been provided with free home-school transport should they require it. The problem is that Gateshead Council are now asking some families to arrange and pay for their child's transport.  The council choose who must pay by judging who is capable of travelling independently using generalisations about disabilities rather than looking at the specific facts surrounding an individual’s needs.  Although classed as 'ambulant', many young people have hidden disabilities such as Autism, Mental health difficulties such as anxiety or learning difficulties like Dyslexia or processing difficulties. All these conditions can make independent travel a terrifying experience for some of these vulnerable young people.  Independent travel must be introduced at the right time for the individual - not when the council deems it appropriate. Furthermore, if the organisation and payment of transport is placed on the families of these young people, life is made even more difficult for families who already face many day-to-day challenges. For parents who have children at a mainstream and special school it will be problematic to get both children to school on time. This could put a lot of pressure on parents and affect both children’s education. Likewise parents worry about the cost of getting their child or children to school if they have to pay for buses or taxis. In addition we believe it is short-sighted of the council to introduce a policy that could increase traffic and pollution which in turn will increase the need to spend money on road infrastructures and health. Therefore we are urging Gateshead Council to discuss the SEND transport policy again as soon as possible and find a way to support vulnerable young people and their families who already facing great difficulties.

Fair Transport Gateshead
148 supporters