mental health

151 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tim Farron

Petition to get Mental Health Education on the curriculum #itaffectsme wants to see Mental Health Education put on the National Curriculum. To arm our children with knowledge, understanding and compassion. 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness and 50% of those are established by age 14. We teach our children symptoms of chlamydia and gonorrhoea so why not depression, OCD and anxiety? As a teacher and I come across young people with mental health issues and anxieties regularly. If they were taught to talk about their feelings in the same way they might if they had a tummy ache, it would help remove the stigma that’s stayed attached to mental health for too long. That’s why I’m calling on party leaders to include adding mental health on to the school curriculum on to their manifestos.An independent report published this year found that around three-quarters of people with mental health problems received no help at all, proof that mental health is still not taken as seriously as physical health. If the government wants a healthy and happy Britain it needs to flood the NHS with funding, and respect us by being honest, not spinning the truth about ‘new funding’. People's lives are being ruined by lack of mental health services. We need to get mental health education on the curriculum to give our children a future where they are unafraid to speak out and ask for help.

Laura Darrall
80,776 supporters
Update posted 1 week 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 Listen to my interview with Dr. Groot here: 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:

James Moore
2,172 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to , Sheryll Murray

Suicide prevention barriers to be installed on the Tamar Bridge

There have been many suicide attempts from the Tamar Bridge which appear recently to be increasing in frequency. Not only is this a tragic loss of life which could be prevented but local residents and emergency services are left severely traumatised by what they have witnessed.  Although the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Joint Committee have been contacted on numerous occasions previously following a suicide they have failed to take and necessary action needed to prevent these deaths. Suicide prevention advocates believe that suicide by bridge is more likely to be impulsive than other means, and that barriers can have a significant effect on reducing the incidence of suicides by bridge.[3] One study showed that installing barriers on the Duke Ellington Bridge in Washington, D.C.—which has a high incidence of suicide[4]—did not cause an increase of suicides at the nearby Taft Bridge.[5] A similar result was seen when barriers were erected on the popular suicide bridge: the Clifton Suspension Bridge, in the United Kingdom.[6] Bridges provide obvious jumping sites, and the construction of safety barriers has been shown successfully to reduce suicides on particular bridges (see Beautrais 2001, Reisch and Michel 2005, Skegg and Herbison 2009). It appears that these averted suicides are not simply displaced to other, unsecured jumping sites, but whether suicide occurs by another method is difficult to analyse.The Clifton Bridge in Bristol is one such suicide ‘hot spot’. Following the installation of a safety barrier in 1998 the number of suicides reduced from an average of 8.2 per annum in the five years before the barrier, to 4 per annum in the five years after it was installed.

Helen Harrington
2,178 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

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. 

Ben Hammond
3,848 supporters