mental health

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Petition to uk parliment

Make it a legal requirement for photoshopped images to come with a written warning

Technology is increasingly interwoven into our lives and the detrimental effects of new media on our body image and mental health are becoming very clear. Social media encourages us to become our own marketing machines, always “on” and constantly self-promoting. Given its largely visual nature, these platforms encourage us to become defined by our physical bodies.Resultantly we are seeing the rise of photoshopping, digital manipulation and face-tuning apps which all aim to perfect self-image and project a sense of bodily perfection to followers. This is a very dangerous territory, misleading young people, distorting their sense of self and leaving them with confused sense of reality.    A growing body of research illuminates the negative effects of media on young people’s mental health. According to NHS research published in the Guardian, the UK has an eating disorder epidemic with number of people seeking hospital admission for potentially life-threatening eating disorders doubling in the last six years, with numbers soared to 13,885 in the year to April 2017, up from 7,260 in the period 2010-11. Behavioural data published in peer-reviewed JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal) shows that there has been a 60% increase in hospital admissions for self-harm since 2001. This is supported by the Good Children Report 2018 by the Children’s Society which finds 1 in 4 girls aged 14 have attempted self-harm. Further research shows that the fear of no ‘likes’ - putting yourself out there and watching for feedback from your peers is catastrophic for mental health, especially for girls. What unites all of this statistics is they are based on the Gen Z and young Millennial demographic - all of whom have grown up online - immersed in social media. This petition proposes we implement new legislation that can potentially protect young people against some of the negative effects of social media, with relation to body image and mental health. While we cannot get rid of the photoshopping or digital enhancement tools, we can aim to reduce the effect of their impact on young people by explaining that these images have been altered and are therefore not realistic. The Fat Girl #FakeBodies campaign thus asks the UK government to implement the use of written warnings (like on cigarette packets) onto photoshopped - calling out that these images have been altered. Academic papers (Slater et al 2012 and Veldhuis et al 2010) suggests these types of warnings could have a positive effect in helping people understand what is real and what is not. Young people’s mental health is in danger and the #FakeBodies campaign is a positive step towards a preventative measure. We urge you to support and share this petition. Thank you SO MUCH for your support, it means such a lot. Clemmie A.K.A Fat Girl If you'd like to get in contact please email  

Clementine Prendergast
302 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Matt Hancock MP, Nick Gibb MP

Save our students. Make Mental Health First Aid a compulsory part of teacher training

In January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. While I sat on my bed that Sunday evening, little did I know that only a few metres away from me my brother was about to take his own life. I heard screams through the headphones and ran upstairs at 21:30. I carried out emergency resuscitation for almost half an hour before the mass of emergency services arrived.  No one should ever have to experience the loss and confusion of losing someone to suicide and I hope that, with your help, this petition can save at least one family the awful pain I've had to and continue to face. As part of research into ways of helping young people suffering with mental health conditions in schools we found that staff are generally not equipped to deal with problems faced by some students as they don't have the knowledge to do so. The same would apply if we consider physical injuries, teachers without training wouldn't know what to do with or how to spot a concussion for example. Therefore, to protect the students, most schools train a number of staff in first aid and almost all have basic understanding of the practise. On the contrary, very little staff members, and in some cases, no staff, have mental health first aid training of any degree. That's why I'm calling on the government to train teachers in mental health first aid too. Mental health first aid would be a very cheap and easy to run session which outlines potential problems faced by students and offers guidance to staff on what to do immediately (i.e. don't ignore the student). It would also advise staff on who to contact about the student to start putting into place the support they need as quickly as possible.  There are so many teachers who are capable of dealing with physical medical emergencies, it’s about time that the same can be said for dealing with mental crises as well. The government's current plan states that they want one mental health unit or specialist first aider per school. My argument is that most schools have a single specialist physical first aider as well as having a mass of teachers with knowledge of first aid. I don't think an epicentre of help is the right way of dealing with this issue, instead we should use the philosophy that all my campaigns are built on, universal knowledge, universal acceptance and universal support.  Making the training compulsory may seem excessive at first glance but we now live in an age where three students per class have a diagnosable mental health condition [1]. There are over 200 schoolchildren lost to suicide every year [2]. And the rates of depression and anxiety in young people have increased by 70% in the last 25 years [3]. So, I wholeheartedly believe, this isn't an excessive measure to be taking, it's a desperate one.  Please sign and share my petition. Visit our Instagram pages - @iambenwest and @team_walk2talk [1] [2] [3]

Ben West
176,018 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to UK Parliament, The Department for Health and Social Care

Recognise children whose parents have mental illness in government policy by 2021

Our Time, the only UK charity solely supporting children and young people whose parents have a mental illness, is running a campaign called “Being Seen and Heard” — a campaign calling for recognition and support for the 3.4 million affected children. These children are amongst the most vulnerable and neglected in the country, receiving little attention or support. Children who have a parent with a mental illness are at risk of having mental health problems unless they get the right support. Research indicates that 70% risk developing mental health problems [2] with significant impact on their life chances and at huge expense to the public purse. In an average British classroom, that equates to eight children[3] — more than 1 in 4 children per class. Some 3 million children are projected to be at risk of developing a mental health issue by 2021. Experts say the potential cost to the UK government could amount to £180 billion. [1] All this is preventable. Evidence indicates that low-cost, timely intervention enables young people to flourish.[4]&[5] Our Time wants children affected by parental mental illness to be seen and heard. We are working hard to persuade politicians and policy makers in health, social services and education to include these children in mental health policy and funding plans. Please join our campaign by signing the petition below. References: Ernst & Young, ‘Sizing the Problem – analysis by EY,’ commissioned by Our Time (2018) Rubovits, P. C. (1996). Project CHILD: an intervention programme for psychotic mothers and their children. In Gopfert, J.Webster & MV Seeman (eds) Parental Psychiatric Disorder (2nd edition pp 161-172) New York:Cambridge University Press Children’s Commissioner Vulnerability Report 2018 Welsh Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, Public Health Wales, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 Rutter, M. (1966) Children of sick parents. An environmental and psychiatric study. London: Oxford University Press.

Our Time
670 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Gloucestershire CCG

Provide a specialist Personality Disorders Service in Gloucestershire

We need a service to support our complex mental health needs. I am campaigning for a Personality Disorders Service in the locality of Gloucestershire. Currently, there is no specific service for these complex mental health conditions despite up to 5% of the adult population in the UK having a personality disorder and despite Gloucestershire being in the minority of areas within the country that doesn’t offer such a service.  Personality disorders are a form of complex, enduring mental illness. Sufferers may experience problems with how they think, behave or function towards themselves and others, which affect different aspects of their life over a long period of time.  My own personality disorder led to me attempting to take my own life and as a result, spending a long time in a local acute psychiatric hospital. Due to there being no specialist service in Gloucestershire that I could be referred to, I was eventually sent over 100 miles away for treatment in Surrey. This meant 9 months away from friends and family because treatment in the community here wasn’t possible. Since receiving specialist care, my symptoms have reduced hugely, my quality of life has improved and I am having to make use of local crisis services far less often. As well as being better for me, this has reduced the financial impact I am having on the NHS.   It is well documented that early intervention in mental illness is better for patients and the economy and further, that hospital admission of patients with personality disorder should be avoided where possible because it can worsen outcomes rather than improve them.  This is why I am seeking to set up a community-based specialist personality disorders outpatient service in Gloucestershire. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on treatment for the condition state “Mental health trusts should develop multidisciplinary specialist teams and/or services for people with personality disorders” yet Gloucestershire has no such provision.   I believe that with a specialist service and specialist clinicians within the community, the need for emergency interventions for those with personality disorder would decrease and so too would unnecessary deaths. 10% of those diagnosed with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder alone take their own lives. Anything we can do to reduce that number in Gloucestershire is more than worthwhile.  There have been plans to develop a personality disorder service in Gloucestershire in the past but funding was unfortunately reallocated at the last moment and those plans never came to fruition.  Please help us get the service that we so desperately deserve by signing the petition. No one chooses to have a mental illness, let alone one as complex and enduring as a personality disorder, but we can improve outcomes if we have a service to support those diagnosed with the condition.  Many thanks for your support.

Jo Tym
237 supporters