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mental health

70 petitions

Started 13 hours ago

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
148 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to NHS24

Add an option for mental health crises to NHS24's helpline

As a user of mental health services, I am often referred to NHS24's phone number (111) as something to turn to in a crisis - i.e. if I feel a danger to myself or others and cannot cope, particularly during unsociable hours or other times that a GP surgery is closed. At the beginning of a call to NHS24, when triage options are given to the caller, the addition of a number devoted to mental health-related crises would make a huge difference. Callers looking for medical help for an infant can press 1. Those looking for emergency dental help can press 3. Why is there no option on the phone menu for mental health-related calls? Follow-up questions could include whether the caller has harmed or plans to harm themselves; if they are alone; if they have a CPN, and if they are feeling suicidal. Rather than spend the usual 13+ minutes answering irrelevant medical questions whilst in a heightened emotional state with little self-control, callers could be treated in a way more suited to their state. The situation can often be escalated by call-takers confused by procedures and unable to help.  Whilst Breathing Space, the Samaritans and similar services are available to offer valuable help to those with low mood or other mental health issues, they are not medically trained or equipped for crisis situations. These helplines are routinely trained to respond to people who feel they are a danger by suggesting the caller hang up and dial 999. I know I am not alone in feeling that emergency services aren't quite suited to treat my illness, and often can aggravate the situation. There are many stories from myself and thousands of others which prove we just simply do not do enough for mental health patients in Scotland. Being able to get through to the right person on NHS24 could go a long way in preventing the need for emergency services to become involved in mental health crises.

Emma Roddick
373 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Jeremy Hunt

Provide Tapering Strips to help users who want to stop taking anxiety & depression drugs

Provide Tapering Strips to help users who want to stop taking anxiety & depression drugs Psychoactive prescription drugs (such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and anti-anxiety medications) are often very difficult to stop taking. Many people experience difficulties stopping or reducing their drugs even with the support of Doctors and Psychiatrists. Because stopping or reducing these drugs is so difficult, many people feel trapped into taking these tablets for many years, giving them side effects and costing the NHS money in providing unnecessary prescriptions. Many of these drugs cause a physical dependance and the best way to avoid any unpleasant symptoms is to reduce the dosage slowly over an extended period. As it is now, many people who want to stop have no option but to reduce to the lowest possible dosage then “jump off” which can be extremely challenging. Some users simply carry on taking a drug beyond the point at which it was effective and useful to avoid the challenge of stopping. A Dutch research team, led by Dr. Peter Groot and working with the not-for-profit Cinderella Therapeutics foundation have created the solution that this petition is calling for, website is in Dutch but an English translation is on the way www.taperingstrip.org Listen to my interview with Dr. Groot here: http://www.jfmoore.co.uk/LTW_episode_24.html What we want We want the UK medical authorities to trial and implement Tapering Strips which provide the most commonly prescribed medications in decreasing doses over a period of time.  We need Tapering Strips to help the millions of users of psychoactive pharmaceutical drugs because: Many tablets are only available in increments that are so large that they are useless for gradual lowering (tapering) of the dose.  Liquid forms for some medications are available but tend to be hugely expensive and therefore the NHS will not provide them.  Pill cutting is, at best, a hit and miss affair and can lead to withdrawal. Many doctors and psychiatrists confuse the symptoms of withdrawal with a return of the symptoms that the tablet was originally prescribed for. These kits would save a significant amount of time for General Practitioners, Psychiatrists and Community Mental Health teams. These kits would help users of psychiatric medications stop taking them safely and in a controlled fashion, giving them control over their drug intake. This solution exists and has already helped over 2,000 Dutch patients. We should adopt this approach UK wide and learn all we can from the Dutch researchers leading the study. This is vital work, and the solution is elegant and brilliantly simple. For more information visit: www.taperingstrip.org

James Moore
2,378 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Bupa, Financial Services Authority, Jeremy Hunt

Stop travel insurance companies discriminating against mental health conditions

This summer I planned to go to Spain for a week and wanted travel insurance. After being physically unwell for the last few months, I’ve learnt the importance of making sure I’m covered correctly. I called Bupa, went through my physical medical conditions and medications. All was fine and I would be covered so I paid £21 and received the certificate of insurance. I realised I hadn't mentioned my Bipolar so I asked if this would be something I would need to declare (this hadn't crossed my mind). For those of you that don't know - Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another. After declaring my bipolar, I was told I would no longer be covered - even if I paid a higher premium. That’s why I’m calling on Bupa, the Financial Service Authorities and others to stop discriminating in this way and to offer those with mental health conditions travel insurance at a reasonable price. Angry and upset, I made a complaint which they logged. Still to this day (nearly a month later) I’ve heard nothing back. I also took to social media to try and get my voice heard - but the only reply was "we will be in touch." 1 in 3 of us will suffer from some kind of mental health condition at one or more parts in our lives, sometimes our whole life. Since that day, I have done some filming with the BBC about this issue, and have also spoken to Mark Rowland from the Mental Health Foundation about how I can help to make a change. Only a handful of companies provide cover in the UK but the premiums people have to pay are sometimes up to 2000% more than someone without the condition. Please help me to make a difference by signing and sharing ! If enough people get behind this campaign the right provision could be put in place for anyone with a mental health condition planning to take a well deserved holiday.

Elizabeth Watson
57,019 supporters