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mental health

244 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Sen. John Bizon, Sen. Winnie Brinks, Rep. Hank Vaupel, Rep. Ben Frederick, Rep. Frank Liberati, Sen. Curt VanderWall

Ban Conversion Therapy in Michigan: Pass HB 4515 and SB 284

NOTE: Please sign this petition and this other petition to encourage public hearings in the House and Senate on these bills, which needs to happen BEFORE the bills are passed! Thank you! Michigan House Bill 4515 and Senate Bill 284 will effectively ban the practice of conversion therapy with minors by mental health professionals. Conversion therapy, also referred to as reparative therapy, is the practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity using professionally discredited practices that can cause great harm, especially among youth who are forced to receive such services by individual practitioners or camps.  There is no scientific evidence that conversion therapy is effective in changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity, and rather research supports that it may cause both immediate and lifelong harm, including suicide. A recent study found a 3X likelihood of clinical depression and 5X likelihood of a suicide attempt among youth who had undergone conversion therapy. All primary U.S. associations of mental health professionals publicly oppose the use of conversion therapy including the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Counseling Association, and National Association of Social Workers; including those associations specific to providers of mental health care to minors, including American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine. As of April 2019, 16 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have banned the use of conversion therapy for minors by mental health professionals, and Michigan has an opportunity to be the next state in the US to ban this harmful practice. We, the undersigned, urge your support of Senate Bill 284 and House Bill 4515 which will ban the use of conversion therapy in the state of Michigan by licensed mental health professionals.

Mental Health Action Coalition for Michigan's Youth
65,075 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dictionary.com , Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Merriam-Webster

Change the Definition of Suicide

Every day is a tough day to cope with losing a loved one by suicide. Suicide is an issue that touches people with mental illness as well as those who face other forms of severe mental, emotional, or physical pain. Empathy goes a long way to connect us to each other - at times when you need help, don't you want others to be there for you? Sign the petition to show that you are willing to fight for the people in your life who struggle now - or who may struggle in the future. As a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of suicide and mental illness and that provides support for those affected, i understand calls on the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness to change the definition of suicide on their websites and in their literature, or to add this new definition on their information pages about suicide. Rather than including the outdated, stigmatizing definition about intentionally taking one’s own life, we believe wording should focus on suicide’s tie to severe pain and mental illness. The definition should be changed to, “a terminal side effect of mental illness; the result of wanting one’s physical or emotional pain to end.” Suicide is often a terminal effect of a mental illness. However, you don't have to have a mental illness to have suicidal thoughts or behaviors. Anyone can feel pain, despair, or hopelessness. Difficulties like heartbreak, bullying, financial loss, severe physical pain - any difficult circumstance can cause pain. Ultimately, physical, mental, and emotional pain are what lead to suicide. Without pain, there would be no suicides. Thus, it is time to change the definition so that all of these circumstances can be discussed openly and honestly, providing relief and hope for those struggling. Vonnie, the founder of i understand, lost her husband to suicide, and many of our supporters are survivors, as well. We believe that a change in the definition will change the way we all speak. For example, if you ask how Vonnie’s husband died and she answers, “He killed himself,” how does that make you feel?OrIf she answers, “He died from depression,” how do you feel? Likely, the two answers will lead to very different conversations, the second resulting in a discussion about the suffering he was experiencing. We believe it’s important to talk about WHY someone died rather than HOW someone died by suicide. And those reasons revolve around a struggle so deep that the person sees no other way to manage. We need to focus on the mental illness or pain leading to the death – the causes and symptoms – rather than the act itself. This will increase understanding and reduce the stigma attached to suicide and, in turn, will save lives. A simple change in language can impact those struggling with their physical or mental health, their loved ones, and survivors of suicide loss. We call on AFSP and NAMI to be the first to make a public move affirming this definition by including it in their literature and websites. We believe this should be a movement across the world in mental health organizations, schools, families, dictionaries, psychological organizations, and social circles. Change the conversation with those around you – you never know whose life you could be impacting. AFSP and NAMI - it's time to take action.  i understand is a nonprofit organization based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, promoting awareness of suicide and mental illness and providing support for those affected. We hold support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide and we host free monthly community events. We have partnered with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where we have funded a Clinical Nurse Specialist who educates about mental health in the traditional hospital setting – the first position of its kind in the country. Our nurse works with staff on using proper language around mental illness and on finding appropriate treatment for patients. Additionally, we provide care packages for those affected by a mental health crisis at the hospital. Visit our website at iunderstandloveheals.com or find us on Facebook by searching i understand or #iunderstandloveheals

i understand
8,179 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Carterville High School, CUSD #5, Carterville Unit School District

ASE students right to participate in educational milestones!

My name is Laine Russell and I currently attend ASE, Adult Secondary Education program. ASE is "An Option in High School Education", provided by John A. Logan College and is associated with Carterville High School. I am asking for your support in petitioning for CHS  to re-evaluate and change a policy that currently does not allow myself and/or other students within the Carterville Unit #5 School District, attending ASE, to participate in CHS events; such as graduation, prom, and homecoming .   My journey with ASE began halfway through my sophomore year.  In my case, I found myself struggling with mental health issues, which seemed like physical health issues at the time. These issues caused my attendance and participation at CHS to decline. When I approached my mom and the school about my problems I found that CHS did not have many options to assist me, in a traditional setting. I was referred to the ASE program by Carterville High School guidance counselors. My mom agreed to meet with the ASE program counselors and we both found ASE offers educational programs that work with high school students that are experiencing difficulties within the traditional school setting. At ASE, the program offers so many beneficial options for students like me, including smaller class sizes, credit recovery or dual credits. ASE is also attendance based, which motivates students to attend if they want to remain in the program. Thankfully ASE offered me a learning environment more beneficial to my learning needs, because not only will I now graduate, I will be graduating early. In addition, my diploma is coming from the school that my mom, myself and my 4 younger siblings have attended/will attend, CHS. My educational requirements at ASE are no different than what other high school students need, especially since my home school is Carterville, meaning I have to follow Carterville High School graduation requirements to receive a Carterville High School Diploma. I receive the same amount of credits and take the same classes I would at CHS, along with being able to obtain dual credit courses in an environment that fits my needs. I still attend school in my hometown and I am able to watch my 4 siblings participate in extra-curricular activities hosted by the school and community, but lack the option to participate myself. I personally chose to go to ASE and have never been in trouble or had disciplinary issues to where I was forced to leave school.  Despite the fact that I will receive my high school diploma early, from CHS, have taken my  SATs at CHS and attended CHS since 1st grade, I was unfortunately informed that I am unable to attend events at CHS, such as participating in prom, homecoming or walking in the graduation ceremony, to receive my diploma. I was informed that students obtaining an education in any "alternative school" attending CHS events was against CHS policy. All of these milestones were not moments I was thinking about when I began ASE. Due to my mental health issues, specifically social anxiety, I feared many of these events when I first chose to go to ASE but now that I have been provided the support and skills to cope with my mental health issues I have realized that these moments are so very important to me and to my educational and personal growth. I want to dress up and attend my senior prom with my high school sweetheart and experience one of the most memorable days every child dreams of. I want to experience attending homecoming as a senior and being able to see my 15 year old brother attending the same homecoming as a freshman, as we have always joked about since we were little kids. I want my 4 younger siblings, my parents, and grandparents and others to witness me receiving my CHS diploma. I want to show them and others how I conquered the hard work it took by obtaining high honors, all while struggling with mental health issues, as I walk in graduation with my peers. The same peers that I have attended school with throughout my entire education.  I want to let people know that no matter what challenges there are that there are equal and fair opportunities for everyone.  I was unaware of how many moments I was missing out on, which I am now seeing that are very important to me. Not being in my sophomore, junior and senior yearbook, not being able to attend homecoming dances and prom, art club (which is a passion of mine) and participating in other school clubs and organizations are just a few. So please help support me and other students in changing this unfair policy. A policy in which I personally feel stigmatized, for pursuing a non-traditional education setting, that better fit my personal and educational needs. I am hopeful this petition will show CHS that many people believe this policy to be unfair, and that I do deserve to show my Carterville Lion Pride and participate in the remaining Carterville High School events, for my senior year, allow me to be a proud and successful graduate of Carterville Community School District #5 and a proud lifelong Carterville Community member.   

Laine Russell
773 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Lassen County Residents

Support Lassen Aurora Network

Lassen Aurora Network (LAN) has been serving our community for over 15 years. LAN provides: peer support, group activities, a safe place. LAN provides a safe zone for people to address; crisis resolution, gain emotional support, process suicidal thoughts, loneliness or any other issue they may be struggling with. LAN is designed to be the middle ground between behavioral health and hospitals. There is significant competition for funds to address issues of mental illness.Our main funding source is the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA). Lassen County currently does not have have a Mental Health Services Act Coordinator (MHSAC). The MHSAC is the bridge between the community and Behavioral Heath Services (BHS) and is paid for by the MHSA.  We have asked that the LCBHS hire a MHSAC like many other counties do. The requests have been made at stakeholder meetings, advisory committee meetings and public forums. Please add your voices to convincing our county that a dedicated person to handle MHSA funds and liaison with community based organizations providing MHSA qualifying services to determine needs and best distribution of funds with community input. Every year our program struggles with the year to year transition during contract periods and has for 15 years. A commitment to needed services and a seamless transition would greatly improve service delivery. A number of times LAN has had to close at the end of the contract period because funds to continue were unavailable. Also it is 60 days or more until a new contract is available. This has been the case for 15 years. At a recent Lassen County Board of Supervisors (LCBOS) meeting during the budget approval session the LCBHS proposed a contract for LAN that represents a $96,000 reduction for the 2020 funds requested for LAN operations and services. This would result in our program closing, as our funding is dependent on MHSA. Better planning throughout a 3 year cycle we believe would result in a better allocation of resources. This is the job of the MHSAC. We recently provided our LCBOS documentation of service we provided during the last contract period please sign our petition to ask the county to hire a MHSAC so we can strategize better allocation of funds and avoid catastrophic reduction in services. Many community members are aware of what we do and its importance. Please join their voices and sign this petition in support of LASSEN AURORA NETWORK. 

Kam Vento
335 supporters