Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Vince Cable MP
STOP FAILING OUR CHILDREN
More Beds For Adolescent Mental Health. #wecaresherry
#wecaresherry "Standing In The Gap". https://m.facebook.com/wecaresherry/ With failing mental health services in the UK, over 200 children aged between just 10 & 19 committed suicide in 2016. Children as young as 10 are being refused NHS support in the UK due to a shortage of mental health This means the number of children will continue to rise. One child's life you could save right now is Sherry's. This is Sherry's story. Sherry is just 17 years of age. Sherry suffers from ADHD and Bipolar, she has suffered on and off in her young life with mental health issues but Sherry is now in desperate need of a long term psychiatric bed. This young vulnerable girl has been failed by mental health services in the UK for a long time but no more than the last 3 weeks. At the tender age of just 15, Sherry was admitted into a Priory Hospital, where she spent 9 months being treated for Anorexia. While being admitted the hospital failed to complete their inventory check meaning that Sherry was able to take the glass from a make up mirror into hospital. She was also placed in a room with a tv meaning she had means to hang herself with cables which she did. Now in just a few short weeks, Sherry has been in and out of hospital but in the last 10 days she has attempted suicide 9 times, she has also been seen by 18 'professionals' who have discharged her. This team of professionals includes a psychiatrist. In this 10 day window she cut herself over and over again to the point her wounds were so deep that it went into her muscle. Sherry inflicted this harm on each arm and each leg, yet she was deemed fit to go home by the hospital!! She told the psychiatrist, "my name is Sherry and I have a story, that I took my own life, I've known it for a long time, and I will do it". Such chilling words to come from such a young lady, those words were then played out again when she then took all of her prescribed medication in front of her youth support worker and ended up in critical care for two days while she fitted as her body was trying to cope with the dose she took. We then hoped and prayed as she gained strength that she would be detained under the mental health act but NO she was again released from hospital and sent home with no care other than from her loving parents. Her parents Andi and Chris have done everything above and beyond to help Sherry, even down to removing sharp objects from the house so she couldn't hurt herself but again on Wednesday 15th November 2017, Sherry left the house and within 15 minutes an ambulance and police were at the top of their street. Heartbroken once again Andi & Chris just knew instantly that it was Sherry, she had again cut her self over then tried to get on to the train tracks to end her life. Thankfully, a member of the public saw her and called the police. They acted with extreme speed, if they hadn't she wouldn't be alive today and her 'story' would have come true Sherry is thankfully FOR NOW, currently sectioned for 28 days while under assessment but they can release her after that. This again will probably be to lack of adolescent mental health beds. If she is again discharged she will continue to do what she does until she succeeds with what she currently wants to do and that is end her life. BUT..This is not just about sherry it's about all the youngsters who suffer with mental health problems.God forbid if Sherry had achieved " her story " who would of taken responsibility for her death? It wouldn't of been any of those 18 professionals.Please help us get this petition noticed by signing & standing in the gap with us for a loved child with mental health. Please share with everyone and anyone you know so we can start to help save our next generations lives!! Thank you. #wecaresherry please visit our fb campaign page https://m.facebook.com/wecaresherry/
Petition to Theresa May MP
More Help And Support For Mental Health Patients
There's far too many problems these days when it comes to mental health, there's such a stigma attached to these health issues and it often prevents individuals from opening up and talking about there problems. this often can result in serious cases of self harm, neglect and to often suicide. There needs to be much more funding for the NHS to get this sorted, from a personal view it's just not enough out there, you now have to self refer for any kind of councilling sessions, which can take weeks to start then some places only get 6 hour appointments, it's no where near enough, then you also get informed to go private, well if your out of work due to mental health issues how exactly can that be funded. The amount of people getting kicked off there benefits is unreal, all these obstacles people have to face along with this life changing illness and with no where near enough help and support, is totally unacceptable and things just have to change. Come on guys let's get the ball rolling and look out for each other
Petition to UK Parliament
Increase funding for NHS Mental Health Services
To the Parliament of the United Kingdom, On Thursday 3rd of August 2017, Judge Sir James Munby, head of high court's family division publicly announced how ashamed and embarrassed he was that no NHS hospital bed could be found for a 17 year old who showed an acute risk of taking her own life. She was due to be released from a youth detention centre eleven days from the published report, and after weeks of doctors saying she needed to be placed in further care for her own protection the release was set to take place. If it was not for Munby's judicial intervention, and a warning that the nation will have 'blood on it hands' if an NHS hospital bed could not be found for her care, there would not have been arranged provisions for the young girl. As he summarises, it demonstrates the 'disgraceful and utterly shaming lack of proper provision in this country of the clinical, residential and other support services'. What is truly sad is that there are so many more people like this poor 17 year old girl, that without a judicial intervention for each, proper care is impossible. This boils down to one thing. The lack of funding, resources and number of staff able and trained to deal with a rise in youth mental health crises. I can speak from personal experience. NHS doctor waiting times are increasing, which means that those that need a referral from a GP to a local NHS mental health team have to wait whilst things get worse. Not only this, but the waiting list for psychiatric assessment and general counselling/CBT/psychotherapy services are huge. I am still on a waiting list, and I last saw my GP in June. That's two months. The GP saw this, and explained this to me himself. He referred me to online services such as iTalk and the Samaritans, but these provisions are not the correct help for people such as the 17 year old in question. Proper help, counselling and therapy is needed which over the phone or internet services simply cannot provide. I have seen my friends and family denied similar help until drastic measures are taken. Seeing your friends and family have to get worse before they can get better is truly damning and heartbreaking to see. So I plead for the parliament of the United Kingdom to discuss, during a parliamentary meeting, to increase funding for the NHS mental services. I urge this and echo Sir James Munby's words; otherwise this nation will have more blood on its hands. Sincerely, Ben Hammond.
Petition to ARLENE FOSTER, FIRST MINISTER
Campaign for a Commissioner for Mental Health and Disability NI
As recent news bulletins have highlighted and in my own personal experience (just recovered from depression; fought to get transition support for my brother with learning disability moving into supported living after 50 years with my parents; currently helping my 12 year old with OCD and increasing awareness of this; and an ongoing fight for justice for my best friend's daughter with Cerebral Palsy), the needs of those with mental health and disability are not being fully met. We have a Commissioner for Children and a Commissioner for the Elderly but WE DO NOT have a Commissioner for Mental Health and Disability. Charities often act as a voice for these groups but resource is often limited and services disjointed. We need an independent voice, a dedicated resource. Please sign this petition for a Commissioner for Mental Health and Disability in Northern Ireland. Spread the word among those in need and their families who may have already battled to be heard. Shout out and please LIKE and SHARE the Facebook page "Commissioner for Mental Health and Disability NI".
Petition to NHS England, Theresa May MP
Make Emotional Support Animals UK Legal
1 in 4 people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem within their lifetime. The number of people who are affected by mental health is rising. I have been affected by various mental health problems since I was just 7 years old, including anorexia, anxiety and clinical depression. Mental health is NOT something to ever be ashamed of. I am speaking out because I want to help everyone out there who has ever experienced a difficulty or struggle with a mental illness. People with mental health problems don't always find it easy to talk. Engaging with various treatment such as impatient or crisis support, still may not end up being particularly successful. What a lot of people really need is just a companion, something they can love, take care of and look after, something that will always be there for them when they need it most, a small little creature depending on them. An Emotional Support Animal is a pet that helps alleviate symptoms of a mental or emotional disability through companionship and affection. Sadly, unlike in America, Emotional Support Animals are still not recognised as a certified assistance animals in the UK. This means that the rules that apply to other assistance animals, such as guide dogs, do not apply to emotional support pets. This means that for people with all kinds of illness, be it scitsophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, ANYTHING- they have no rights to have their emotional support pet. This means the pet could be taken away from them, not allowed in housing etc... this list goes on. At the end of the day, they could be separated from their pet, which would severely impact on their quality of life and emotional well-being. There are so many people just like me who rely on their pets for their emotional wellbeing. At the moment, these pets are not recognised. They cannot live in non-pet housing or travel as freely as registered assistance animals, as well as many other things that a registered assistance pet would be able to do. Mental Health IS a disability. Just like any other. Just because you can't always see it doesn't mean it isn't there... THIS PETITION HOPES TO BRING LEGAL RECOGNITION TO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS IN THE UK "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."- Helen Keller Please Help.
Petition to Department of Health NI, Health and Social Care Board
Equip GPs with mental health expertise #123GP
90% of people with a mental health problem will be treated by their GP, but all too often people don’t receive the care they need. One in three GP appointments are for mental health, and calls for better mental health training for GPs have already been made by the Royal College of GPs and mental health charity Mind. Research carried out by the Mental Health Rights Campaign with 70 mental health service users and carers found that most of them were NOT confident about their GP’s ability to help them when it came to mental health. Patients felt that there was a big difference between treatment for physical and mental health: “I feel my GP is very good most of the time but with mental health they struggle to understand and I think they aren’t trained to deal with it”. Patients also talked about this lack of expertise had a serious effect on them: “the poor service affected the next five years of my life, had my GP known more I could have had a different path”. The Mental Health Rights Campaign has come up with THREE URGENT CHANGES which could significantly improve mental health care provided by GPs: Funding: Only two thirds of GP practices currently draw down funding available from the Health and Social Care Board for the provision of counselling, despite all practices being eligible to do so. We call on 100% of GP practices to draw down available Health and Social Care funding for counselling. Training: Only half of all trainee GPs have to do a placement in a mental health facility, which is usually hospital based rather than in a community setting. Practising GPs do not have to undertake mental health training as part of their Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We call on all trainee GPs to undertake community based mental health placements and all practising GPs to undertake a set proportion of annual CPD credits which are focused on mental health. Available Expertise: Professionals with mental health expertise, such as Community Psychiatric Nurses ( CPNs) don’t work in GP practices anymore. We call on professionals with mental health expertise to be based in GP practices as part of the primary care team. The Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Board have the power to act on these proposals. Please help us send a strong message to them that action is urgently needed to equip GPs with mental health expertise. These changes will benefit not only patients and their families, who are entitled to receive the help they so desperately need, but also GPs who struggle to provide the help needed.
Petition to Department for Education, Justine Greening, Jeremy Hunt
Demand that Mental Health Is implemented into the British education curriculum
Last week I lost my good friend Mush who was battling depression. You can see us in the photo above - he is on the right. To most, he seemed fine, many didn't even know that there was something wrong. But there was. I believe if we had been taught to understand mental health from a young age, we might have noticed the signs, we might have been able to get him support earlier, he might still be alive right now. That’s why I have started this petition. Right now teachers are not made to go under any mandatory training on mental health. Having it on the curriculum will inform them of signs too. That's why I started this petition. Mental health impacts all of us, including teenagers like me. Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition. Over a two year span our country has seen a 70 percent increase in reports of self harm in British children aged between 10 and 14. Last year the National Association of Headteachers carried out a survey and found that three quarters of school teachers feel that they lack the resources to meet the mental health needs of their pupils. Reasons included were a lack of training, financial constraints and the absence of support from professional NHS services. Many adults can trace the symptoms back to childhood so making mental health education a compulsory part of the curriculum could give schools the chance to stop mental illnesses early - or at least give people the resources to spot and understand what is going on with them. Schools are here to teach young people the skills we need to thrive in life, and understanding mental health is one skill we desperately need. I sometimes wonder if we’d had mental health support like this, where my friend would be now. Please sign this to help others before it's too late. Thank you. #ITSOKNOTTOBEOK
Petition to UK Government
All models working in the UK must possess a medical certificate deeming them fit to work
There are over 1.6 million people in the UK suffering from eating disorders. As one of these people, I can strongly agree that the portrayal of “perfection” was a contributing factor to my eating disorder. Today, girls and boys of all ages are exposed to the idea of being “perfect.” This is particularly seen in pictures of celebrities & models, covers of magazines and even mannequins in stores. A study last year showed that over 37 female mannequins in 8 high street stores such as H&M and Topshop had a waist the equivalent to an underweight individual. At just 13 years old I felt the need to be “thin”, because that was how to be “beautiful.” Having suffered with an eating disorder at the age of 15 & continuing to deal with the thought of not being “perfect”, I can say that I never want to see any child or adult going through that. We need to bring a stop to this madness. It’s clear to see that mannequins in stores aren’t that of a healthy person. And no, I’m not an expert, but the proof is right in front of our eyes. H&M female mannequins were proven to have a waist size the equivalent to a 7 year old boy. We need to reduce the amount of people suffering with eating disorders and many other mental health issues caused by this, by taking action NOW. In 2015, the French government passed a bill that required all working models to posses a health certificate deeming them safe and healthy to work, in other words, not underweight. In addition, all images that had been digitally edited to make actors, actresses and models look thinner and “better” be labelled “digitally edited.” The UK urgently need to follow suit, by also passing a bill that requires all working models to posses a health certificate and for digitally edited images to be labelled. I strongly believe that we can make a difference & significantly prevent the issues caused by this in future generations, by taking action right now. I urge you to sign this petition, because we need to put a stop to the significant impact that the fashion industry has on mental health. Thanks, Kiera