mental illness

22 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

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

Victories Overview: Mental Health Education is coming to schools across England & Wales from next year. This campaign continues to push for this vital education to be rolled out in Scotland & Northern Ireland next whilst informing consultations on the reforms already underway. Read the latest update HERE 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   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
198,459 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Matthew Hancock MP, Theresa May MP, Lucy Frazer MP, Amber Rudd MP, Thérèse Coffey MP, United Nations, UK Parliament

Stop the deaths of 100,000 people by giving people in care the support they deserve.

Every year more than 100,000 people die in care, that’s almost one person dying every 5 minutes. That’s someone’s Mum, Dad, Son, Daughter, Brother or Sister. Families are left devastated, often without answers and many are prevented from finding out what happened. The victims (and their families), many of whom have been forcibly imprisoned into care through NHS England’s 54 specialist mental health trusts, deserve better. Cases of misdiagnosis are common. Leading to life changing conditions such as PTSD for those trapped, forcibly drugged, threatened, assaulted by those responsible for their care and their inactions, often due to the many complex pressures of the job imposed by those at the highest levels. We are funding a new charitable trust: Giving all patients the care they deserve. Ensuring cases of misdiagnosis are reduced by prioritising those needing care. Independently review the unverified medical records, fabricated statements, false allegations & hearsay used to  ‘section’ people (using the MHA). Ultimately, drastically reduce the 100,000+ deaths (to realistic targets to be agreed). Change legislation to make it illegal to detain a person, without a thorough investigation to the allegations of poor mental health without first performing due diligence on their claims. Develop the technologies needed to support a person through their care. Giving the person the ability to follow simple processes to challenge their detention and present their evidence clearly if they claim a misdiagnosis is being made. Fully independent legal support to challenge the decisions and compensate victims of misdiagnosis or where their health further deteriorated or ended in their death. Further details here in the press: Denis Campbell for The Guardian on 27th Nov 2018 NHS to look into deaths of 100,000 mental health patients a year Thank you for your support! The team at #QBAIN    

Allister Frost
1,126 supporters
Started 7 months ago

Petition to Government

More support for self-harming/ suicidal people

I am here to address the ever-increasing suicide rate in young adults and teenagers. For ages 15-24 it’s the highest it’s been in 10 years! It’s important to realize that most suicidal young people don’t want to die. Rather, they’ve run out of ways to cope with their pain and all they can see ahead of them is despair. With support from the Australian Government, they can find better ways to manage their distress and handle the situation. I know that in efforts to help The Australian Government made more mental health services but more are needed because tens of thousands have been turned away, "We know that there are tens of thousands of young people who are turned away from because there are lack of resources available and so we are forced to turn away less serious cases e.g. self-harm, depression and other mental illnesses " Dr Robinson said. “Unfortunately, very tragically, some of those young people will go on to take their own lives." Doctor Robinson agrees that “The issue was not being taken seriously by the community and health services” This is unacceptable and cannot continue! The amount of suicide in 2016 is 4 times the amount of the entire population of Lancelin!     41,000 young people aged 12-17 have made an attempts of suicide and if we do not help soon we will have 41,000 more suicides on top of the current 100,000. We need more positive factors these include supportive social relationships, a sense of control, a sense of purpose, family harmony, effective help-seeking, positive connections to good health services available. All positive factors can be applied with educating young children about effective help-seeking as part of a health class curriculum. After all, there are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS so if we discuss one killer can we not address the others?     Schools do not cater to students who have mental health issues as well as they could. An interview with Tillie Osgood confirms my point “A lot of my friends come to me when they’re struggling doesn’t acknowledge how difficult it is to talk your friend out of suicide one night and hand in an assignment the next day.” she continues “There is so much going on in students’ lives that schools don’t know about purely because schools don’t provide an environment where students feel safe to talk about it.” This once again proves my point about how schools need to express how they will help with any problems for it is not only unhealthy for the person with the issue, but creates problems and stress for the friend who is expected to help with the detrimental problem.   Even when people do seek help it is not always given or is dealt with unkindly. Tillie tells us about when she went to see the phycologist with her friend's problem “They basically told us to ignore her because she was only doing it for attention and she failed to ask how my friends were feeling. The school never approached me or my friends afterwards to see how we were feeling." This proves that even if people seek help that it will not always be given and school psychologists need to be trained to handle situations like self-harm and different mental illnesses, Taught more in depth at least.   There needs to be a campaign in Australia to help promote men going to psychologists. A third of suicides are male. This is because society conditions men to be strong and not show any sign of weakness. This is ludicrous, we should condition men to not bottle up feelings and feel as if they can talk to people. If we act now, the new generation of males will feel able to talk with others. This could potentially bring suicide levels down; especially in youth males. Suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians and accounts for the deaths of more young people than car accidents. If we have road safety campaigns, could we not address a bigger killer?   Thank you for the time you took to read this. Please help us to support the actions that need to be taken in Australia.

Holly Cammarano
105 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Public Health England, Steve Brine, General Medical Council, NICE Guidelines, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, Simon Stevens, Matthew Swindells, ian dodge

Bridge The Gap Between Physical And Mental Health At Gp Appointments #AndHowAreYou?

Psychical health and mental health without a doubt impact on one another.  If someone is struggling with their physical health it can have a huge impact on their mental health wether or not there is already a diagnosed mental health condition. It can make someone depressed, anxious, cause people to suffer from loneliness and more.  If there is already a diagnosed mental illness the likelihood of this becomes even greater. This being said, and known - how often so we go in to a GP to speak about a physical illness, rushing to get it all out because we know that we only have about ten minutes to get it all out and get the help we need? How often in that case does one leave still feeling depressed or hopeless without having had the time to bring that up? More importantly how often do you get asked (physical illness aside) how you are feeling mentally with what you are currently dealing with?  I have had a long battle with mental illness and I also have had a battle with my physical health too. Some of the chronic, prolonged periods of being physically unwell have at point hugely contributed to bringing on episodes on ill mental health and at some points especially when I was told I had M.E pushed me towards hospitilisation for my mental health. Barely ever however, was asked how I was feeling, how this was having an impact on my mental health, even though it's known I have a long mental illness history. Even now when I have flare ups of physical illness that can be prolonged at times hardly ever am I asked how I am mentally but these times have a HUGE impact on my mental health and I know that I am not the only one.  The elderly are at risk of suffering from loneliness due to physical illness due to not being able to get out and that therefore impacting their mental health but again, I know from going to GP appointments with elderly family members they are never asked how they are feeling and this generation are even less likely to bring it up in most circumstances. The bottom line is knowing someone cares makes a big difference sometimes, I know this from other mental health projects that I have done that have been simple yet offered people hope and that can mean so much.  We all know that GP appointment slots are limited, most of us have been told at some point that we will "Have to make a separate appointment for that" and so we need something simple, something that doesn't take too much time, at an initial appointment that all GP's can implement to make a start on ensuring someone leaves feeling validated, cared for and knowing that it's okay to talk about mental health as part of physical illness, that the two go hand in hand and that if that resonates with them then they feel able to make another appointment to speak about that if necessary rather than leave feeling alone and in a lot of cases hopeless.  What I would like to see is something as simple as a leaflet. I have shown a very rough example in my video, this could be smaller, a folded pamphlet - What ever it may be but something that lists a range of different organisations and charities across a wide spectrum of mental illness from depression to those suffering with loneliness - The samaritans to AGE UK for befriending services and all those in between that offer support and advice in between GP appointments to those that need to talk.  I'd like to GP's to take 2 seconds in an appointment to ask "how are you?" to ask about how the patient feels mentally in response to physical illness, particularly that, that is serious or prolonged or If a know mental illness is already present. This possibly could be the prompt the patient needs to open up, to say they are not okay. I would like to see GP's use these leaflets to hand personally to patients stating that they feel this way pointing out the organisations that may be able to help and for them to make another appointment if no time is available to talk about how they are feeling. Not just leaflets on reception desks but for these to be handed by the GP.  This small thing would work in numerous ways: It would help the patient to feel cared for and validated It would let the patient know about support open to them that they may not otherwise have known about It means the patient leaves with something in their hand as by way of additional support whilst being told to make another appointment to speak about their mental health if they are struggling which they may not otherwise have done It may reveal that some patients are actually feeling suicidal or in crisis that would have otherwise left the GP without this being known, the right referrals can then begin to take place or appropriate action taken It shows empathy and compassion from GP's to show they have an interest in their mental wellbeing too, and therefore building trust and meaning that person is more likely to ask for help It begins conversation around mental health and how people are coping, breaks down stigma as the initial reference is being made by the GP  This is so simple and would take two seconds to ask "And how are you?" a leaflet given, the conversation started and that person leaving feeling more validated, cared for , with additional information and more likely to go back and open up about how they are feeling.  Mental health issues and suicide often live in silence. It is these small measures that are so very important in changing this.  One question, one leaflet, one extra minute of time could save one life.

Katie Houghton
772 supporters