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Petition to Theresa May MP, The British Council, UK Parliament

Let's make more counsellors available at local GPs. Save someones life and end the stigma.

I believe that mental health awareness isn't taken as seriously as it should be. Please take into consideration the amount of counsellors actually available at local GPs.The amount is very low as the GP tends to direct people with mental health issues elsewhere to a counselling service. I believe that more counsellors should be available in every local GP for as and when a patient needs to see someone. They shouldn't have to be asked to ring a certain number to see someone, only to be told there's a 4+ month waiting list. What if this person gets worse within that time? What if in the worst case scenario they take their own life because they simply cannot cope anymore? Mental health is on the up rise and is getting worse and worse, simply for one factor of counsellors not been available for that person as and when they need it. I believe that there should be at least one local mental health/bereavement counsellor available to every local GP so someone is there to talk to and help save more lives. More and more adults,  young adults and children take their lives everyday because they cannot cope with life, and for me that is one of the saddest things I can possibly think of. With the help of these counsellors people will have something to hold on to, and someone to talk to about what is on their mind. No matter how small the problem for someone, a life is precious, and shouldn't be put at risk for the fact that they feel they have no one to talk or turn to.  Mental health shouldnt have to take a life for someone to realise something needs to be done.   

Lucy Honnoraty
215 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to European Commission, UK Parliament, Human Rights Campaign

Let the Catalans decide: Condemn the attack on Catalonian democracy

In a small corner of Spain, modern democracy is at stake. The democratic values that I was brought up with in the UK, that it is the people, together, who decide their future, were today quashed by the Spanish state.  I now live in Barcelona and I cannot understand what type of democracy it is that we celebrate here in Spain. The Catalan government stood with a single policy issue in their manifesto in 2015 - to hold a referendum over independence. As the ruling government they not only had the mandate to call it, but the obligation. Two years later, after years of trying to negotiate with Spain to hold a recognised referendum, (to which the central government has refused to discuss), the democratically elected Catalan government decided to go it alone. Despite the soundbites of the Spanish central government, this referendum was legal under international law. See for a justification of this.  We have since seen the pictures of the central government's belated intervention, and their negotiating strategy, using the batons and rubber bullets of armoured police against peaceful, unarmed citizens.  Anyone that lives in Catalonia will have seen the queues of people trying to vote that day. There cannot be any doubt that the people here want to be heard. The central government was previously not interested in listening. Today, they announced their plan to silence that voice. Democracy is messy. Sometimes when we ask the citizens what they want, they give an answer we did not expect or we did not want to hear. If Catalonia were to become independent it would create a challenge for all of us living here and across Europe. But the alternative means to turn the other way when democracy is at risk. A selective democracy, where we only allow it when we are sure we will hear what we want to hear, is not democracy.  The Spanish central government's unilateral decision to take control of a democratically elected body, that has tried to fulfill the mandate they were given two years ago in free and fair elections, is not democracy. Imprisoning civil society voices that are leading the debate, is not democracy. The refusal to negotiate with the elected representatives of Catalonia is not democracy. It all reflects the negotiated "democracy" of what, until 40 years ago, was a brutal dictatorship. We in the UK, reflected by the core values of the the European Union, believe in democracy, and the people's right to self-determination. That is what I was brought up to believe.  I ask all of you who agree with this ideal to sign up to this petition and demand that your elected representaives do all they can to condemn this attack on democracy and allow the Catalan people to have their voices heard.  

John Crockett
87 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to The Prime Minister

MAKE IT LAW for county councils to put Changing Places Toilets in all town centres with a bench and hoist for Severely disabled people - No more changing on public toilet floor

I am a mum of 3 and my youngest son is 10 Years old and was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy (massive brain damage) due to being starved of oxygen at birth This link is of him and some of his friends using Eye gaze technology to use their eyes to access a computer because they are severley disabled. We access Horsham Town on a regular basis to shop, have lunch, and meet up with other mums for coffee with their disabled children/teenagers in same situation. He attends Ingfield Manor School in Billingshurst   where all of the students have Cerebral Palsy and are equally severley disabled, they all also access Horsham Town. He attended the Dame Vera Lynn School for Parents also he was 5 years old we were given a RADAR key to access the disabled toilets in Horsham which i was very pleased with, until I actually used the disabled toilet I realised that disabled loos are not for the severley disabled/elderley, they are for the limping/walking with sticks or wheelchair users with upper mobility and can get themselves onto a toilet.We also access Crawley Town on a weekly basis for shopping, eating, entertainment.. but Crawley Town has the same LACK of facilities for the severley disabled and elderley?I know that Gatwick Airport has a ‘Changing Places’ toilet, but not Crawley Town ?If you are severley disabled or paralysed, you need carers to lift you out of the wheelchair and place you on a flat surface to have your continence pad changed... This is what I am forced to do with my 7 seven year old son, I have to lay him on a urine soaked floor inside the disabled loo, with the 2nd carer standing outside with the wheelchair they have to pass to me the changing accessories through the open door for all passers by to view, this is one of the most awful experiences I have to face every time I come into Horsham Town..Thousands of people with physical and/or learning disabilities cannot use standard disabled toilets because they cannot walk or stand. They need support from one or two carers to use the toilet or to have their incontinence pad changed.; Standard disabled toilets do not provide changing benches or hoists to lift the person on to the toilet or bench. Most are too small to accommodate more than one person. Without 'Changing Places' toilets; the person with disabilities is put at risk; and families/carers are forced to risk their own health and safety by lying their daughter; son or loved one on a toilet floor.; This is dangerous; unhygienic; humiliating and undignified. We take it for granted that we would not change a baby on the floor of a public toilet - so why on earth is this acceptable for disabled adult people?;This link is to what is needed, it provides room for the disabled person and wheelchair with two carers, bench and hoist should be accessed by all who use a RADAR key.This link is to the Equalities Act section 20 the West Sussex County Times, .. Is a short story on this problem, I also have the same problem when visiting Crawley to shop, they do not have a ‘Changing Places Toilet’ either..I have also posted the photograph of my little boy laying on the ‘pee pee’ floor of the disabled toilets, and there are alot of comments from local people who face the same problem or are suprised and embarrased they there is NO facility for the most disabled people, there are comments on there that they simply do not go out at all in fear that the toilet will be needed!!  This is not a problem I want to face when my son gets older. Brighton already have a changing places toilet and are about to open a second one..see link   and Gatwick Airport also have a changing places toilet.. see link 30th May 2013 Myself and some mums and dads with their disabled children/teenagers and Simon Wilson an adult with severe Cerebral palsy   met up with David Smith Equalities Officer in Caffe Nero Horsham Town to prove that we do use Horsham Town, but do not have any toilet facilities.**David Cameron is quoted here on the Families and Childrens Bill : David Cameron recently said ‘When you've had the privilege of bringing up a profoundly disabled child, you suddenly realise there are two different sets of places: those that are disabled-friendly, that are accessible, that are helpful; and those that aren't… And what this all about really, is greater equality in our country, making sure that all places are more friendly, and accessible to disabled people** This is the thing, most people don't realise unless you are in that situation, and to be fair, why would you? We just need to raise awareness that this is real life for many, and not just children either.. all those service men and women who have come back and are now disabled through head injuries, old age, people have strokes and it leaves them paralysed, all these people need to access a changing bench and hoist to have continence pads changed.. times really have changed, children with sensory and unseen disabilities wear continence pads and need to lay down to have them changed, some lick the floor or whatever is near them and a toilet floor is just disgusting, so it really is important to have a changing bench and hoist inside these changing places toilets.. anyone who uses a radar key really   In the words of NELSON MANDELA himself when he spoke of EQUAL RIGHTS for the disabled in a letter to the SCOPE charity "We cannot claim to have reached anywhere near to where a society should be in terms of practical equality of the disabled. We continue to try. We realise that legislation and regulations are not sufficient or the end of the long walk to equality and non-discrimination. Education, raising of awareness, conscientisation, eradication of stigmatisation: these are key elements in achieving non-discrimination against the disabled in practice and in their everyday lives"(please see link)  

samantha buck
38,781 supporters