mental health

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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Sam Gyimah MP, Matt Hancock

Pay student nurses minimum living wage

I’m a Student Nurse - I love what I do, I love everyone I’ve met on placement, and more than anything, I love the people that make up the NHS. But in all honesty being a nurse is a real struggle, and being a student nurse, having to work 37.5 hours a week and paid nothing, is even harder. As a student we need to make up 2,300 clinical hours of hospital hours, as stated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so that we can join the register. Other, more traditional degrees don’t require this. I love the practical experience I get, but the fact that we aren’t paid makes it feel like we’re just free labour for the NHS. Bursaries for nurses have been scrapped. Many of us are working part time, some even full time hours, as well as the 37.5 hours of placement, just to get some money coming in. I’m doing my placement hours but also working on the side, most of the time doing 6 day weeks sometimes 7 day weeks just to get by. A lot has been said about mental health awareness in recent months, especially for university students - the number of suicides in universities is rising. These statistic resonate with me because the amount of work I do to get by is a big strain on my mental health, the stress, the financial worry, the lack of rest. That’s I’m calling for a minimum living wage for all student nurses, to ensure we aren’t wearing ourselves out, putting not only ourselves at risk but also the patients we come across day to day. Please sign and share

John Worth
65,810 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

Make Mental Health support a right, not a luxury. End excruciating waiting-list in the NHS

It is estimated that around 800,000 plus referrals are received each year in the NHS from patients requesting psychological support; only 15-25% of them get the support they need. This means, that year on year there is an accumulating waiting list of over half million patients waiting to receive some form of psychological support. Some wait up to 3 years to access free therapy, some are put on long-term antidepressants treatment whilst waiting for counselling sessions to be allocated to them. The NHS and Government reports confirms that at present 1 in 4 of us access support. Their current five years strategy plan hopes that by 2020 this will change to 1 in 3; this will still leave hundreds of thousands unable to access support year on year.  Why do we have such excruciating waiting lists? The reason is simple, there are not sufficient funds allocated to employ the already existing 45,000+ qualified workforce that can, if all employed, provide support to all on waiting lists within one single month. So why do many have to wait up to 3 years for support? The maths on this subject is straightforward but overlooked; contrary to what some officials seem to report about a workforce crisis within mental health, this is not accurate to the experience of thousands of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists in the country who struggle to find work and are forced to offer their services for free through years of volunteering as there are simply not sufficient funded posts-  instead, Government creative policies plan to give added responsibilities to overworked Teachers across the country for example, by asking them to offer counselling support to students within their classrooms. We say this not only shows little empathy to the teaching profession, which is highly pressurised and has one of the highest number of people leaving the profession than any other profession in the UK, it also puts at risk the lives of those children and young people who do require professional mental and emotional health support. Why is it so important to offer psychological and counselling support to all on waiting lists? Because the journey of humanity is not an easy one and challenges us all at some point of our lives. We should as human beings have the right and entitlement to get support when we need it. It is not fair that patients are turned away when they need support, or incur in debt when having to access private therapy. We now hear of young people needing to have tried to commit suicide at least once before being deemed eligible for immediate support, of patients being quickly prescribed antidepressants as a quick fix instead of being offered talking therapy support. There has been an alarming increase in the number of people who succeed in taking their own lives. These figures are often not recorded in the mental health stats as they are deemed as death by misadventure. These people sometimes do not even get as far as being able to access any support. We are calling for Mental Health support to be a right, not a luxury Our country should be able to cater for all whose emotional and mental health is affected by distresses, trauma and tragedies that affect their day to day lives.Full time paid counsellors can be made available immediately for those who want to access therapy. There are over 45,000 qualified, registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists from one governing body alone offering therapeutic support in a variety of specialities. If it is about savings, then policymakers need to understand availability of mental health support is a proactive not a reactive way forward. Early counselling and psychological support will ensure many don't deteriorate in the waiting process, it is not acceptable many are left in isolation at a time of distress and trauma. It is not acceptable that many wait up to 3 years for support. SIGN PETITION TODAY

Claudia Turbet-Delof
11,399 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Theresa May MP

Justice for Survivors of Nottinghamshire failed by both city and county councils

Paul and Marie are appealing to everybody not only Victims and Survivors, but everyone who has compassion for these Victims and Survivors, lets not forget all those who have sadly already taken their own lives due to heinous crimes committed against them in childhood whilst in care. 100's have suffered harrowing childhood's as a direct result of local authority negligence. All in all there's 22 children's homes that are under investigation in Nottingham alone. We really do NEED! Your support so we are all as a society working on the horrendous figures of CSA 664,000 reported cases in 2016. Help us make these figures come down instead of up, to protect our children of today, tomorrow and for the generations to come.  Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council should be held fully accountable for all historical CSA that took place whilst in their care. Children's homes were supposed to be a safe heaven for already troubled children, but this was not to be, so many innocent children are now suffering as a direct result as adults and in shocking numbers. This Government NEEDS to set an example. Six decades of CSA and shame whilst in care of the local authorities Nottingham. Paul is the actual survivor in this true harrowing story and is now part of one of the largest criminal inquiries in UK History into CSA whilst in care of the local authorities. We are hopefully with your support going to create a deserved public out-cry and force the Governments attention to provide a deserving route of support and compensation for all these harrowing crimes. It is only by authorities admitting liability that Victims and Survivors can gain proper Justice and closure. As Stated by Benjamin Franklin, Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected, are as outraged as those who are. This was wrote by Benjamin Franklin between 1706 / 1790 If he had the wisdom to know that back then & it still rings true today, how long as society and the hierarchy going to continue to be ignorant and complacent to the suffering of Victims and Survivors. Benjamin Franklin was a Political theorist Politician who obviously had more compassion for Victims and Survivors of crime than any Government as ever shown.    An organisation for Victims assistance was founded in 1975, we are now in 2018 Don't hear any "Alarm bells" Do you? We should be seeing continual reports of acts redacting these numbers, a countdown, not continual increase. Living with devastating consequences from CSA for any victim or survivor is very complex, It's extremely difficult to put it all into words other then the impact instantly effects your personality, then it eats away at your social life, then it takes over your professional life leaving you but no choice to live a very solo and isolated lifestyle.

Paul Waine Snr
37 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Matt Hancock MP, Damian Hinds MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Theresa May MP, Amanda Spielman, Maureen Watt MSP

Get Mental Health Education on the School Curriculum

When recording my podcast a concern that often comes up with our guests is the lack of education on the subject of Mental Health. 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 on even the most common of 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 a 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. For example, when 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. The very serious topic of suicide is frequently not even mentioned as a part of these studies, 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 Heath during their time at school, this would be more than the vast majority currently get. We are keen to hear back from those in power on a more extensive plan to better the lives of our nation’s young people. CAMPAIGNING FOR: Mental Health education becoming mandatory for all schools in the UK. 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   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

Bobby Temps
42,742 supporters