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Petition to , Councillor

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
1,045 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to University of Brighton

Refund for vulnerable student facing homelessness after Uni of Brighton discriminate

To explain my situation to you I first need to give you a bit of a back story. It had always been my dream to studying mental health nursing after years of firsthand experience. I was offered a place at University of Brighton and they soon became my first choice due to the vibrant and accepting nature of the city.  To study here I left behind a socially rented flat, which I had spent thousands furnishing, selling off my possessions at a fraction of the cost so that I wouldn't need to pay for storage. I left my previous home in Hampshire behind and moved into student halls on a 50 week contract. At a point in the first academic year I noticed myself becoming unwell from the pressure of a nursing degree, noticing this I decided to intermit my studies until 2018. As a disabled student and care leaver I was advised I would be allowed to stay in halls on an intermission as long as I was able to pay rent.  At the end of March this year I lost a close friend to suicide, this sent my own mental health rocketing downwards and I was soon hospitalised on a psychiatric ward to keep myself safe. During that first admission to a psychiatric ward I paid my instalment of £1,611.43 to cover April to Mid June, a payment I resented having had my NHS bursary and Student Finance stopped due to intermitting. Nonetheless, I paid to keep my contract secure so that I had a home to go back to upon discharge. I have spent the majority of April and May in hospital, four admissions broken up to a few days spent at home in between. Three days after my most recent discharge I was given 4 weeks notice to leave, on the premise that the university are unable to support me. This might seem caring, however I have the following points to argue. -I paid for halls, getting myself into debt in my overdraft, whilst not actually able to occupy them due to my mental health requiring hospitalisation. I paid this for the security of having somewhere to live as I don't have family to support me. -The university could have decided at any point from my first admission at the beginning of April, that they were unable to support me. They have sat on their hands taking my money until my most recent discharge. Had they given this decision sooner I would be in a considerably less fragile financial situation currently, as well as potentially having been discharged into new suitable accommodation, rather than returning home only later to be burdened by further mental health compromising stress of facing homelessness. -The university may argue it is my best interests that I can live somewhere with more support. However, they fail to notice that many people presenting as homeless to their councils end up in B&Bs, hostels etcetera far away from their original address and often surrounded by other people who cannot maintain tenancies for other reasons (violence, addictions, anti-social behaviour). Not to insult anyone who does end up in that situation because of the formerly mentioned things, but this is not a good environment to be in when you're particularly vulnerable and fighting suicidal thoughts every day. -My mental health has been severely impacted by losing a close friend to suicide, leading to my hospitalisations which the university are using as evidence I should leave my current accommodation in halls. This feels tactless, harsh and cold, I feel as if I am being penalised for my friend dying. So, ultimately, I would like the university to refund me the full amount of £1,611.43 that I paid in April. As the university rather than supporting me, are making me homeless. I paid that instalment of money for peace of mind and to secure my accommodation whilst unable to actually stay there. I believe they have handled the situation poorly, simply to cover their own backs so that they do not have to worry about one of their students committing suicide on campus. Finally, I feel like my notice to leave is an act of discrimination, as I do not believe they would ask someone to leave after being physically unwell.   

Sophie Scurlock
1,634 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to European Broadcasting Union, Eurovision Song contest

Remove the flashing lights and images from Eurovision.

REVOLUTIONISE EUROVISION!  Make Eurovision safer to watch for people with photosensitive epilepsy! The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most exciting and accepting events to happen every year in Europe. Using music, Europe can celebrate diversity and embrace different cultures from across the globe.  Unfortunately, the increasing amount of strobe effects and flashing lights means that people with photosensitive epilepsy are unable to watch the show.  While the European Broadcasting Union does provide warnings for people with sensitivity to flashing lights and strobes, the moving images are as detrimental.  Despite the warnings, the flashing lights, strobes and images from the performances are still able to trigger epileptic seizures. A seizure can be triggered at 3-30hz (flashes per second) and strobes generally flash at 8-14hz. We need to change this so everyone can watch the show.  This year Portugal won the ESC with an intimate, simplistic performance without any flashing lights or strobe effects.  In fact, the win was by an overwhelming majority showing that a performance does not need flashing lights to be successful.   It's also possible for faster songs and upbeat performances to be successful without flashing lights.  Think about musicals, festivals, and even shows in venues without lights - Woodstock was a great music festival success and no strobes were used! By signing and sharing this petition, you will support a campaign to remove the flashing lights, strobe effects and flashing images from the Eurovision Song Contest making the show safer to view for millions of people with photosensitive epilepsy across the globe.   "Music is not fireworks, music is feeling." - Salvador Sobral, Eurovision winner 2017.  Please remember that all your information remains confidential when signing this petition.  Your email, name and location are not shared with anyone. 

Nicole Mendes
113 supporters