Petition to Galway City Council, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Galway County Council, Cllr. Michael J Crowe, Cllr. Mairéad Farrell, Cllr. Noel Larkin, Cllr. Declan McDonnell, Cllr. Terry O'Flaherty, Cllr. John Walsh, Cllr. Billy Cameron, Cllr. Ollie Crowe, Cllr. Mike Cubbard, Cllr. Frank Fahy, Cllr. Mark Lohan, Cllr. Colette Connolly, Cllr. Pearce Flannery, Cllr. Peter Keane, Cllr. Donal Lyons, Mayor of Galway: Cllr. Níall McNelis, Cllr. Cathal O'Conchúir, Anne Rabbitte, Ciaran Cannon, Seán Canney, Catherine Connolly, Noel Grealish, Sean Kyne, Hildegarde Naughton, Éamon Ó Cuív, Minister Josepha Madigan, Minister Eoghan Murphy, Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister Joe McHugh, Minister Regina Doherty, Minister Michael Ring, Minister Katherine Zappone, . , .. , Minister Shane Ross, Minister Michael Creed, Minister Simon Harris, Minister Heather Humphreys, Minister Charles Flanagan, Minister Richard Bruton, Minister Paschal Donohoe, President Michael D Higgins, Minister Paul Kehoe, Minister Finian McGrath, Minister Ciarán Cannon, Minister Damien English, Minister David Stanton, Minister Pat Breen, Minister Catherine Byrne, Minister Andrew Doyle, Minister John Halligan, Minister Patrick O'Donovan, Minister Helen McEntee, Minister Kevin Boxer Moran, Minister John Paul Phelan, Minister Jim Daly, Minister Brendan Griffin, Minister Michael D'Arcy, Minister Seán Canney
Make the River Corrib Safer - Let's Save Some Lives
***IMPORTANT NOTE that has come to light: PLEASE DO NOT DONATE TO CHANGE.ORG- IT WILL NOT GO TO THE CAUSE, it will only pay for them to advertise the petition within the change.org website.*** Every year we lose numerous lives in the River Corrib- one of Europes fastest flowing rivers. Some fall, slip in an often intoxicated state, others choose to get/jump in there themselves- but often it is a spur of the moment decision. There is no way out, no way back.. Most cities around the world have safety ladders along rivers, so people can get out. The River Corrib has none, it is like falling into lava.. People need to be able to get out if they fall and to be able to change their mind if they are trying to end their lives. Currently there is no hope of getting out. We need some safety measures put in place right now, enough is enough, too many lives have been lost prematurely. The following things are needed: - Safety ladders every 10 meters- so it is possible to get out. (example here and here). - Rope/bar along the side - so it is possible to get out. - Good quality CCTV all along the river and bridges- so people can be recognised and located if they do fall in. - Sensors - so there will be an automatic alarm given to emergency and rescue (helicopter) stations if someone passes a certain point, with the location and cctv footage. - Safety ropes with floats like shown in this picture (should be put across the river leading to the ladders, not along) - Safety nets such as this which have proven to help prevent deaths in other locations. - Sensors at bridges, which were already developed by Galwegian students here is a Connacht Tribune article about the technology. - Mental healthcare immediate support, to both prevent and as aftercare if saved, so people do not get denied help like in this case and many others. - Heat sensitive cameras with thermal imaging technology such as these. - Flood light switch and siren. - Better lighting along the river. - Flood relief barriers like these ones in Waterford. - Any other logical changes that could save a lot of lives (open to suggestions). The kind volunteers that stand out on Saturday night are not enough. For people not from Galway city, the situation is so bad, that people have to stand guard, in order to stop people. But that simply is not enough.. Every year a lot of people die in this river, that needs to end. Please sign this petition, to send to local authorities and to send to government for funding. This is an extremely serious issue. Too many lives have been robbed.
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 Bristol local authority, NHS England government, NHS England commisioners, Government
Help get my son Eddie out of hospital
Right now our family is forced to travel a 600 mile round trip from Bristol to Newcastle to see our beloved son Eddie who is currently detained in hospital under the mental health act due to his disabilities and his mental health. At 13 years of age Eddie's complex difficulties (which included an autism diagnoses, ADHD, dyspraxia, a sensory overload disorder, attachment difficulties and a learning disability) came to a head and it was decided by doctors and his school that Eddie needed to be treated in a specialist facility. This was the week my world ended. Due to his learning disability Eddie could not access any local hospitals or facilities. After a short placement in Northampton Eddie has ended up being placed in Newcastle - that’s a 600 mile round trip from our home. We either have to fly or endure a 5 hour train journey each way. With a job, 3 other children and no flights to Newcastle on weekends this isn’t a trip I can manage regularly. As a result of this distance I have missed my son growing up. We were assured at the time Eddie would only be there for 9 months to a year for assessment and treatment, we are now 3 and a half years down the line with no progression. Eddie should not be expected to live so far from home in such an environment - family help aid recovery and with us on the other side of the country he can’t have that. The hospital he is in now is very caring and child focused but this can’t replace a mother’s love or the care of a family. For 3 years I haven’t been able to be with Eddie, talk to him, reassure him, tuck him up at night, help him get dressed, meet his friends, share a meal, give a him a hug or a good night kiss. I know we are not the only family going through this - I hope reading yet another petition about a child sent so far from home for treatment will encourage change. The local commissioners, NHS England and Bristol Authority need to look at a bespoke placement For Eddie. It would be more cost effective to the tax-payer, it would free up a mental health bed, it would mean Eddie could have regular and well needed care and visits from family. I also want the government to look at a South West provision for children with needs like Eddie. It is not acceptable for families to be expected to travel 600 miles to see their child. There is clearly a demand for it. I look to you all to sign this petition so the government have to at least see what they expect us to go through- It is not our fault our child is disabled - he is loved but even that must be hard for him to feel when he is so far from home.
Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Sadiq Khan
Give mental health services sufficient funding
In 2012, the government pledged to treat mental and physical health equally with the Health and Social Care act. The government said they hoped to achieve this by 2020. However, it is now 2019, and the bridge between physical health and mental health has never been wider. For years, the NHS has been underfunded for its mental health department, given only £115M per year for mental health services up and down the country. This means each adult patient who is being treated for mental health is given a budget of only £9.75. At 16 years old, I have already had my fair share of experiences with mental illness, and I can safely say, the state our mental health services are in is disgraceful. From lack of funding for medication, to placing young people in units miles from home, the government needs to step up in regards to supporting those who suffer with their mental health, which is 1 in 4 of us, according to a 2007 survey conducted by the NHS. With such a high number of us affected, almost everyone reading this will know someone who has been, or is currently, suffering from a mental illness. This means that our loved ones, our friends and our family members are not being supported.
Petition to Matt Hancock MP, Damian Hinds MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Theresa May MP, Amanda Spielman, Maureen Watt MSP, UK Parliament
Add Mental Health Education to the mandatory teaching curriculum for all schools in the UK
When working to reduce stigma, I am continually concerned how a lack of education around mental health is contributing factor. This is something regularly raised as a mutual concern by guests on my mental health podcast plus several of them are actively working to fill this need by doing talks and workshops in schools. With one in four of us experiencing mental illness every year according to the charity Mind, this seems to be a real and very significant gap in our education system. KEY STATISTICS: - One in ten children aged between 5 and 16 years has been diagnosed with/shows signs of a mental health problem, and many continue to have these problems into adulthood. (1) - Over half of all mental ill health starts before the age of 14 years, and 75% of this has developed by the age of 18. (2) - NHS England estimates that poor mental health costs the NHS and society £105 billion a year in England alone. (3) The statistics are shocking, yet whilst there is a whole subject in the curriculum around our physical health in the form of PE, our young people are left without any knowledge of even the most common mental illnesses. Not only does this leave them unprepared and vulnerable when it comes to looking out for their own mental health, but also sets the standard that Mental Health is not discussed. This plants a seed of stigma that many carry for their whole lives. Upon further research, there generally seems very little in the way of guidelines currently. For example, if Romeo and Juliet is studied as part of the curriculum when the two title characters kill themselves, this is considered the end of the story or worse romanticised as an ideal form of love. The very serious topic of suicide is frequently not even mentioned as part of schooling, and yet according to the BBC, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 49. It’s time to make a change. Even if a law was passed so every child receives one class about mental health during their time at school, this would be more than the vast majority currently get. CAMPAIGNING FOR: - Mental Health education becoming mandatory teaching for all schools in the UK without the addition of any exams or homework on this subject. - Every child having the ability to access a qualified counsellor through their school. This is something that many workplaces already offer. - Every school offering Mental Health training for its staff. Please join our petition to help bring us one step closer to making these requests a reality, thus helping safeguard the health of generations to come. Thank you for reading, Bobby Temps Host of ‘Mental - The Podcast to Destigmatise Mental Health’. Learn more about this petition and it’s creator at mentalpodcast.co.uk/petition 1. Source: Green h, McGinnity A, Meltzer h et al. (2005) Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britain, 2004. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2. Source: Murphy M and Fonagy P (2012). Mental health problems in children and young people. In: Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer 2012. London: Department of Health. 3. Source: NSPCC. How safe are our children? 2016
Petition to Ministry of Health Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, Life Insurance Association of Malaysia
Malaysians Need Mental Healthcare Insurance Coverage
Mental Health Insurance Coverage. Based on statistics from the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2015, about 4.2 million Malaysians aged 16 and above, or 29.2% of the population, suffered from various mental problems. This was an increase of 11.2% compared to 2006. A survey done in 2017 on mental health among youths also revealed that one of five adolescents felt depressed; two out of five felt anxious; 11.2% had suicidal ideas and 10.1% had attempted suicide. In 2017, the State of Adolescents Mental Health in Malaysia found that for the age group of 13 to 17, 17.7% of females and 18.9% of males were depressed. Besides that, 42.3% of females and 37.1% of males were anxious, while 10.3% of females and 8.9% of males were stressed. There is a growing concerns over mental health issue. Malaysia Psychiatric Association suggested that insurance coverage be made available for mental healthcare and treatment. Im pleading to all Malaysian to support my petition to send the message to the Government of Malaysia, Ministry of Health, Bank Negara Malaysia, Life Association of Malaysia (LIAM) and all Insurance company to look into this matter seriously to provide insurance coverage for mental healthcare and treatment. One of the insurance company in Malaysia has started to offer coverage for 6 mental health conditions: Major Depressive Disorders, Post-Partum Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome. Hope other insurance companies will consider the same or even more coverage. This petition will create awareness among Malaysians and also to let the Insurers and authorities know that this is serious and urgent matter to look into. Thank You, With Hope For A Better Protection For Malaysians, RK Mesh (#BeAssured)
Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP
Teachers in UK schools need to be trained in supporting students with their mental health!
Hi my name is Megan and I am 16 years old and from the U.K, and for the majority of my life I have been suffering immensely with my mental health, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at the age of 11 and have been suffering ever since. Many of my stresses are to do with my school work and the school having a lack of understanding and training of any type of mental health as well as the school environment being too overwhelming for many people including myself, and I know for a fact that it isn’t just me dealing with all this stress and pressure there are many other students that are dealing with the same, but they are just too nervous to speak out because our schools have no support for them. My experiences with my mental health have led me down a dangerous path because I felt like a burden, both to the school and mainly to my family, this led to me not going into school for months leaving me self taught for most of the year with hardly any support from my subject teachers, and ending up being admitted into hospital because I felt there was nothing I could do or anyone else could do to help me anymore. I feel that most of this could’ve been avoided, if our schools had the funding to hire counsellors to help me, and in the future help many others going through similar experiences. If training was obligatory, not only would it help students in the long run in their adult life, it would help teachers with their own mental health both at school and at home. Currently CAMHS are the most busy they have ever been due to the increase of exam pressure starting at such young ages and the behavioural and aesthetic expectations of students being so high, causing devastating repercussions in the long run, such as: not being able to go for job interviews because of major anxiety issues, therefore effectively stopping them from achieving what they are very much capable of doing. Currently all the government’s focus is on grades and making sure students get the grades the school needs to make the school look good to encourage parents to send their children there, this is not how our school system should work. The fact is, is that if more of the energy put in was towards helping students with their wellbeing, and making sure the students were happy when attending school, the good grades would certainly come after, it baffles me how the government haven’t realised this. Mental health is exactly like physical health and the ride should be treated with the same amount of attention, and support, therefore all teachers who train in first aid should be trained on how to understand, deal with, and spot signs of students struggling with their mental health. Our country is known for not funding mental health services enough, so for people who cannot afford private care are left with the inconsistencies of public care. The stigma surrounding mental health needs to stop, as it is affecting everyone, no one suspects that children can experience the same feelings as an adult, and people need to realise the children aren’t seeking attention or misbehaving, they are suffering in silence. We need to make a change, and grant a brighter future for the younger generations! UPDATE: I have now been transferred to a specialist school to do my last year of school and my GCSEs because my school was not equipped to help me and support me in one of the most important times in my school career! I’m glad I have been moved as it has helped me massively, but it shouldn’t have been allowed to get this far and severe. Students should have immediate support available, and not to be pushed so far that they need to be referred to a specialist school! If you want to help me make a change, and you want to get more involved, tweet or post on Instagram with the hashtag #ourmindsmatter so I can see how you’re getting the word out there!! Please sign and share my petition if you agree and want to make a change! Thank You! Megan Noya Twitter: @Megan_Noya Instagram: @Megan_Noya
Petition to The Prime Minister
Survivors of sexual violence are being denied support: tell the PM this must end now.
In 2016 I was raped by a man while I was travelling. I was unconscious when he first assaulted me and when I was conscious, I said no repeatedly. He then told me again and again how much he could seriously hurt me. He raped me throughout the night. I reported the rape as soon as I was safe but my attacker has never been caught. I returned to the UK in August 2017 and knew I needed support. I tried to access a counselling service right away. I called my local Rape Crisis centres, who were kind on the phone, but told me they’d had to close their waiting list and didn’t know when they might be able to offer me any help. I tried again and again over the next 8 months, contacting multiple centres, and was told every time that they had huge numbers of women waiting. Nearly two years on from the attack I was experiencing severe stress, lack of sleep, migraines and I was having flashbacks during my sleep which had started to creep into my waking hours too. I was self-medicating on alcohol just to get by. Every time I was rejected help from Rape Crisis, my mental health spiralled further beyond my control until suddenly I just couldn't go on any longer. Luckily for me, my employer saved me when I hit rock bottom by arranging private therapy for me. But my case is extremely rare – the reality is there are thousands of survivors of rape and sexual abuse suffering in silence and desperate for support being turned away from local Rape Crisis centres and other sexual violence support services across the country due to inadequate funding. I was last turned away from a Rape Crisis waiting list on 8 March 2018. A year on from that date, many Rape Crisis waiting lists are still closed. There just isn’t enough funding or services to help everyone in need. For years the Government have promised to turn something called the Istanbul Convention into law. It would give protection and set a standard of support for victims of sexual violence. It says there should be at least 150 Rape Crisis Centres in England and Wales. Currently there are only 44. Help me, hold this government to account for the complete failure to ensure rape counselling services are there when survivors need them. Tell Theresa May that every victim of sexual violence and abuse has the right to access independent specialist support services in the community the moment they seek it, and to get long term counselling that will help them recover. Please, sign this petition and demand the government fund these life-saving services. To find out more about how important this campaign is and how you can make a difference, check out End Violence Against Women Coalition who are supporting me in this petition.