mental health

35 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull

More funding for mental health

Australian Blokes make up an average six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia. The number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll. On average, one in eight men will experience depression and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives. Effectively managing your mental health can give you significant improvements in your quality of life, increase your capacity to support your family and your mates, and let you perform at your best.if you’ve been feeling sad, down, miserable, or angry most of the time for more than two weeks, you may be experiencing symptoms of depression. Men are three times more likely to kill themselves than women and suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged between 15 and 44. In 2011. the federal budget allocated $115 million in new funding over four years. This is one of the smallest investments in the sector in recent years. For instance, the Council of Australian Governments added more than $5.5 billion to mental health spending in 2006. The 2011-12 federal budget provided $2.2 billion in new funding.This makes a situation in which, in 2014-15, mental health received around 5.25% of the overall health budget while representing 12% of the total burden of disease. There is no reason those figures should exactly match, but the gap is large and revealing. If you are feeling down and you feel you don't want to talk to a friend or family member you can talk to someone on multiply websites or just visit them to learn more about mental health in Australia. websites listed below:  

harrison corboy
70 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Daniel Andrews, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Lisa Neville MP

Rape victims like me are being failed in Victoria - please act now!

My name is Lena*. On the 19th of March last year, I was raped by a family member of a former senior police officer. But after months of failures in the police system and lack of support— my rapist was never prosecuted and my life fell apart.  After reporting it to police, I was told to consider the effect my allegations would have on my rapist’s future and that they "usually deal with more serious cases". After failing to collect critical evidence properly, and pressuring me to retract my statement, they dropped the case.   I live with panic attacks, PTSD, exhaustion from battling the police system and the huge financial cost of counselling. My hopes of finishing university were crushed. Over a year ago I applied for assistance from the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal. I am still waiting for them to complete processing my application. And, despite informing the tribunal of the risks to my safety, they have decided to inform my rapist of my application. I have been left in limbo. I’m asking the Victorian Government and the Victorian Law Reform Commission to: Ensure Victims of Crime applications are processed within 3 months End the process of informing perpetrators of applications by victims of crime to receive assistance Allow crimes to be reported to, and investigated by, any Victorian police station, particularly where there is likely to be bias or conflict of interest. In order to prevent corruption, it should be made an offence for Police to use equipment to collect evidence without knowing how to use the equipment. Fund trained social work professionals at all police stations to guide women through the legal processes, to support them, and to provide information and crisis counselling. Many countries have this model and I believe it would also help to ensure police respond appropriately to sexual assault as there would be a witness to the conduct of the police. Allow hospitals to collect forensic evidence, with consent, without victims being forced to first make a formal police report. I believe in the UK, this is the process. Victims should not feel pressured to make huge legal decisions while in shock and immediately after significant trauma. Please don’t let the hell I have been through be in vain. Please sign my petition demanding a system that no longer fails rape victims. *Whilst I would have preferred to use my real name, I have been advised to use an alternative name for legal reasons. 

lena M
19,154 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Doctors TV Show

Requesting public apology from "The Doctors" for comments made about women fighting PMDD

This petition is for everyone to band together and demand a public apology, as " The Doctors" Tv Show have left women suffering a debilitating disorder, that already feel helpless and unsupported, to feel even more alone. At the beginning of November many women were excited to see that " The Doctors" TV Show aired an episode they called " Do You Suffer from ‘Period Rage’ which was regarding a disorder known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). PMDD is rather unknown and misdiagnosed, so many women have been coming together to raise awareness and support each other through this awful disorder. Sadly when we thought "The Doctors" had finally answered many emails regarding raising awareness and chose to talk about it................... we were left disgusted, disappointed and extremely offended when PMDD was mocked and laughed at. "Guys if you start dating a woman, make sure you go through a few cycles before you go out and buy a ring" Ignorant comment made by Dr. Andrew Ordon.  Link to episode: Below is a little info on PMDD with further links and information: Many women suffer from Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) which refers to the range of physical and emotional symptoms that are experienced during the lead up to menstruation.  Then there is a small percentage of women who suffer from severe pms, often described as PMS on steroids, this is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). { Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) } Often misdiagnosed as bipolar or major depression disorder, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) refers to the range of severe physical and emotional symptoms experienced by women during their menstrual cycle. While research is still being done to determine the cause for PMDD it is believed that PMDD is caused by an abnormal reaction to fluctuations in hormones throughout a women's menstrual cycle. Women can also have higher levels of particular hormones which also amplify PMDD. PMDD can change a woman who is usually bright, funny, confident, social, articulated and healthy into a women who is aggressive and paranoid. But the next few days she is unable to get out of bed, insecure, severely anxious, suffering brain fog to the point of slurring words and unable to concentrate. This is also at the same time while she suffers from migraines, severe pelvic pain and cramping, insomnia, hot flashes and muscle pain. But this is not the worst of it.. she gets to go through all those symptoms that then lead up to a severe and dark depression that many times includes suicidal and intrusive thoughts. This all happens within her menstrual cycle, every cycle! PMDD has been the cause of many marriages ending, it has broken families and relationships and sadly women have taken their own lives due to this disorder. Although there is no cure there are many ways women can treat this disorder from: Diet Changes ( eg limiting gluten, sugar, alcohol and coffee ) Exercise Medication ( Such as antidepressant) Birth Control Vitamins ( Such as Magnesium, B6 ) Counselling ( Individual and couple ) Limiting Stress (Some women can only work part time or choose to meditation, yoga, massages or acupuncture therapy.) Natural Progesterone Cream or Tablets Natural Remedies such as using Essential Oils etc. Hysterectomy Even with so many options to treat PMDD there are still so many women struggling to find relief and a way to ease their symptoms each cycle. There are many Facebook groups helping raise awareness as well as provide support for women suffering PMDD as well as partners living with a PMDD sufferer as they also need support and understanding eg: Here is a link to a blog post regarding this episode and PMDD fighters having their say : The Gia Allemand Foundation is also a valuable resource and support system. (The Gia Allemand Foundation (formerly the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder) is a not-for-profit organization providing support and resources for those affected by Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Premenstrual Exacerbation of underlying disorders (PME), and female suicidal ideation. We aim to improve the quality of women's lives through awareness, education, outreach, and recovery. ) Please if you feel you have PMDD go and speak to a healthcare professional or contact someone such as the Gia Allemand Foundation for further information. You are not alone, you are a fighter and somehow you will get through this.  

Jessie D
1,601 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Health Commitee

My son took his life. Urgent independent nationwide mental health inquiry needed.

My son, Ross Taylor, took his own life after he asked mental health services for help three times in the last weeks before he died. Our family begged the services for help yet our grave concerns were dismissed and ignored.  Ross was only 20 years old and even though he was in the high-risk age and gender group his pleas for help were ignored. It is not surprising that New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate if people are treated like this. No person should ever have to feel that suicide is their only option. We need to provide better care. Our mental health systems are failing our people and there are huge gaps. Despite our desperate and best efforts to ask for help from the services our pleas went unheeded. If my son was having a heart attack he would have received quality care however mental distress is often treated with less priority and with lack of empathy. Please sign the petition for an urgent mental health inquiry for our new elected government to prioritize so that no person is turned away when in suicidal crisis. We ask them to work together across all political parties and make the right decision for all New Zealanders. I want an urgent inquiry into our mental health crisis so that no one else has to suffer like my son, Ross Taylor. A mental health inquiry is needed so that we can see how many people are turned away from services, how many people have died by suicide after contact with services within 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 1 year. This inquiry needs to look at how many people have been discharged from services, often because they have missed their appointments due to being very unwell and then went on to take their own lives. The public deserves to know how many people have simply been dropped from services or being told they don’t meet the criteria. None of the above information is gathered to identify what the problems are. If we have this information we can make positive changes and lives will be saved. The following to be implemented. 1.       Suicide prevention training for frontline staff to be mandated   2.       DHB records to be electronic so that clinical information is readily available in a crisis. 3.       Zero suicide target in the health care system implemented  4.       Increase primary health and GP funding 5.       Commit to safe staffing 6.       Independently investigate all serious adverse events (including attempts and self-inflicted deaths) of people who had contact with services up to 1 year after last contact 7.       Independently investigate mental health services and give people with the lived experience an opportunity share how they and their families have been treated 8.       Ensure that reporting of suicides by DHBs are mandated for up to a year and not voluntary for up to 28 days only  

Corinda Taylor
52,987 supporters