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mental health

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Petition to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Launch Government inquiry into the British Tabloids following death of Caroline Flack

I’m Josh, the creator of the 200,000 signature strong petition calling on the U.K. Government to launch an inquiry into the British Tabloid Press following the tragic passing of Caroline Flack. This campaign is calling on our Government to launch an inquiry into the British Tabloids and their conduct following the maltreatment of those in the public eye including; Caroline Flack, Harry and Meghan Markle, to name a few. The headlines, harassment and trial by media has to end and they must be held accountable.  In 2011, the Government launched a public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following the News International phone hacking scandal, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson.  Almost a decade later and we are still seeing similar issues in the press. We are campaigning for an inquiry into the practices and policies of mainstream media organisations and social media platforms in their efforts to protect members of the public from harm. There are people out there who find that any form of state involvement with the press risks censoring/stifling free speech. This is not our aim. Instead we would like the government and media organisations to have open conversations to formulate a set of guidelines which find a balance between freedom of the press and rights of the public. I’ve since made contact with the new secretary of state for digital culture media and sport, Oliver Dowden who I hope to meet with soon.  Given that the petition has reached the 100,000 threshold for it to be discussed in the House of Commons, I will be working with Change.org to print the signatures and deliver them personally to parliament.

Joshua A
240,915 supporters
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Petition to Jonathan Slater, Gavin Williamson CBE MP, Boris Johnson, Nick Gibb MP

Make Mental Health Education Compulsory in Schools

Hi, I’m Nathan Jackson, I’m 20 years old and I’m campaigning for the mental health crisis to be taken seriously in education. I would like to see compulsory sessions added to the school curriculum that talk about mental health and provide the toolkits necessary to ensure a healthy mind. We teach the importance of physical health through PE, why can’t we do the same for mental health? I see mental illness as a monster that people keep running away from. I think it is time to turn around and stop running. We need to fight this monster. For how long are we going to place the metaphorical water bucket under the leaking roof? Young people need to learn things like the potential causes and dangers of mental illness, where they can go for help, what little things they can do for others and, most importantly, how they can keep their own minds healthy. I believe that all of this will eventually lead to a culture in which speaking about mental health, whether good or bad, is normalised. I have seen first-hand how many close friends and family have had difficulty with their mental health without realising the little things they can do to help themselves. Most of them depending on a therapist to point them in the right direction which can come months after realising the problem due to waiting lists or a lack of services for example. I’ve also seen how mental illness can really shake a family. In August 2018, my uncle Stephen lost the battle with his mind at the age of 29. The following months were the hardest that our family had ever had to endure and for most of us the guilt is still as raw as it was on the first day. We were rocked to our very cores, everything changed. Stephen was more than an uncle to me, he was a mentor, a man that I idolised growing up and, most definitely, a friend. He was the strongest man I knew because he fought off the world for so long. I think back to him helping me learn to drive and am reminded of his kind-hearted and hilarious nature – he could leave a whole room in stitches and always had a story to tell. At his funeral I told the story of a family trip to Cornwall in which Stephen was sun burnt beyond belief - but his hands were his usual skin colour. Because by making sure everyone else had their sun cream on, he’d forgotten to apply his own. His selflessness knew no bounds and he definitely did not deserve this.  And the worst thing about it is that he's not the only one... According to the Office for National Statistics (2019), there were 6,507 suicides in the UK in 2018, an 11.8% increase on the previous year. Despite awareness being at an all-time high thanks to our tireless work. Suicide still remains the largest cause of morality in young people (Papyrus, 2019). More so, it has been reported that 75% of mental illnesses begin before the age of 18 (Young Minds, 2019) and 3 children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition (YoungMinds, 2019). Surely it’s time to educate these people?! I first met my monster as a teenager and my path ever since has been fairly unsteady. It has a name; Anxiety and it has taken me to some very unpleasant places. From continuously pretending to be ill to avoid school, to dropping out of University to eventually spending unwanted nights with an emergency crisis team. At first, I had no idea why I was so different. I just wanted to be normal, like everyone else. A couple of years ago however, I decided to befriend my monster. I started learning about it, what made it appear, how could I help it and more significantly what it even was. This education saved me. Everyone deserves this education. Everyone deserves the toolkit that I now possess. Sign the petition to make it happen. You can help to stop the monster in its tracks. Visit @MHealthMonster on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Samaritans: 116 123

Nathan Jackson
1,248 supporters
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Petition to UK Parliament

Introduce content warnings for suicide storylines.

Suicide storylines are everywhere at the moment. This is important in raising awareness of suicide and the high prevalence rate in England, in improving understanding around mental health and mental illness and reducing stigma and discrimination. But for those who are bereaved by suicide, coming across a storyline featuring death by suicide, suicide preparation or suicidal thoughts is extremely uncomfortable. Not least because those bereaved by suicide are at a higher risk of suicide themselves. I watch and read a lot of true crime and crime fiction, so wishy washy warnings like "programme may contain upsetting scenes" never concern me. However, finding the storyline turning to suicide is enough to trigger nightmares and grief. That is no exaggeration. It is something I live with and I'm sure I am not alone in that. It happened again last night after reading a particular chapter in Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine. What I would love to see is detailed trigger warnings, for example, "this programme contains a storyline based on suicide". If those who work in media, journalism, creative arts, could research and understand the effects of portraying suicide storylines on vulnerable audeince members that would be an excellent step but if time and funds don't allow, then the Mental Health Media Charter offers some great guidelines and is a really positive place to start. Please consider the introduction of detailed trigger warnings on book covers and on TV shows and films so that audiences can make informed decisions and protect their mental health in a positive way. Thank you for your support. Lisa - mental health activist and volunteer, Leeds.  

Lisa Bourne
14 supporters