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Petition to The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Baroness Sugg CBE, Henry Smith, Huw Merriman, The Countess of Mar, Theresa May MP

Stop contaminated cabin air in aircraft!

  Every day, many millions of people board an aircraft, which has become a normal way of transportation in every day life. But what they do not know is that this flight could land them in a hospital or with debilitating illness because of exposure to toxic cabin air! It often begins with flu like symptoms: limb pain, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. Long-term damage to the nerves, the lungs, the cardiovascular system or cognitive impairment may follow. How do I know this? Because I am one of a growing number of people that has been affected.  I had to end my flying career in 2016 following 2 onboard fume events within 1 year (2014/15) and the cumulative effects of 20+ years flying. My health had deteriorated badly and tests showed that chemicals used in aircraft engine oil were present in my body. My GP advised me to stop flying. You as a passenger, but also pilots and flight attendants are at great risk to be exposed to neurotoxic breathing air on any flight in most aircraft! The World Health Organization recently published a new study about aircraft cabin air quality and the illness related to being exposed to the toxic fumes: "AEROTOXIC SYNDROME: A NEW OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE?" which shows a definite connection between in-flight toxic fumes and health damage. Over many decades new victims have been added every day; it is now time to address the political leaders directly. The poisoning of human beings on flights cannot be tolerated any longer. This issue has been denied by the UK Government and airlines for too long. On 17th September 2017 EasyJet announced they will be fitting filters to their aircraft - Due to "health concerns". Politicians must stop ignoring this issue. Airline regulations must be implemented: aircraft must be fitted with SENSORS AND FILTERS and airlines must be placed under obligation to inform the public!   'JUSTICE WILL NOT BE SERVED UNTIL THOSE WHO ARE UNAFFECTED ARE AS OUTRAGED AS THOSE WHO ARE.' - Benjamin Franklin.  

Trudie Dadd
99,772 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Matt Hancock MP, Nick Gibb MP

Save our students. Make Mental Health First Aid a compulsory part of teacher training

In January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. While I sat on my bed that Sunday evening, little did I know that only a few metres away from me my brother was about to take his own life. I heard screams through the headphones and ran upstairs at 21:30. I carried out emergency resuscitation for almost half an hour before the mass of emergency services arrived.  No one should ever have to experience the loss and confusion of losing someone to suicide and I hope that, with your help, this petition can save at least one family the awful pain I've had to and continue to face. As part of research into ways of helping young people suffering with mental health conditions in schools we found that staff are generally not equipped to deal with problems faced by some students as they don't have the knowledge to do so. The same would apply if we consider physical injuries, teachers without training wouldn't know what to do with or how to spot a concussion for example. Therefore, to protect the students, most schools train a number of staff in first aid and almost all have basic understanding of the practise. On the contrary, very little staff members, and in some cases, no staff, have mental health first aid training of any degree. That's why I'm calling on the government to train teachers in mental health first aid too. Mental health first aid would be a very cheap and easy to run session which outlines potential problems faced by students and offers guidance to staff on what to do immediately (i.e. don't ignore the student). It would also advise staff on who to contact about the student to start putting into place the support they need as quickly as possible.  There are so many teachers who are capable of dealing with physical medical emergencies, it’s about time that the same can be said for dealing with mental crises as well. The government's current plan states that they want one mental health unit or specialist first aider per school. My argument is that most schools have a single specialist physical first aider as well as having a mass of teachers with knowledge of first aid. I don't think an epicentre of help is the right way of dealing with this issue, instead we should use the philosophy that all my campaigns are built on, universal knowledge, universal acceptance and universal support.  Making the training compulsory may seem excessive at first glance but we now live in an age where three students per class have a diagnosable mental health condition [1]. There are over 200 schoolchildren lost to suicide every year [2]. And the rates of depression and anxiety in young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years [3]. So, I wholeheartedly believe, this isn't an excessive measure to be taking, it's a desperate one.  Please sign and share my petition. Visit our Instagram pages - @iambenwest and @team_walk2talk [1] mentalhealth.org [2] papyrus.org [3] thesamwestfoundation.org

Ben West
175,635 supporters