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Update posted 4 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

Hi, my name is Ben and in January 2018, I lost my younger brother, Sam, to suicide. He was just 15. I sat on my bed that Sunday evening, unaware 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. Very few staff members have mental health first aid training of any level. That's why I'm calling on the government to train teachers in mental health first aid so that they have the tools and knowledge available to help if they do feel they should step in and start a conversation. Mental health first aid would be a very cost effective and simple session to run which outlines potential problems faced by students and offers suggestions to staff on what to do. 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 health problems as well. 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 mental health support is the right way of dealing with the issue, instead we should a more broad knowledge. Making the training compulsory may seem excessive at first but we now live in an age where three students per class have a diagnosable mental health condition [1]. There are 4 schoolchildren lost to suicide every week [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
208,202 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Mrs C A Wilson

Sudbury Ormiston Academy to offer GCSE ICT/ Computer Science after year 7

Year 7’s at Sudbury Ormiston Academy are offered one year of ICT, then the subject is dropped from the curriculum with no option to take GCSE Computer Science/ ICT. So students currently have no choice in the matter although both of the other local high schools offer this. We basically need enough willing parents/ students to back this as an option, as we have been informed that if enough students are good at the subject and enough parents ask for it, this can be added as a “bolt on GCSE”. We think it should be added to the curriculum as a subject. It is a technological age and everybody uses computers throughout their lives! Our main reasons for starting this petition is due to my brother having dyslexia and would be heavily reliant on computers daily to help him, but after year 7 he will not get this option at this school. Unfortunately we were unable to get into any other school. But we think ALL children should be taught this subject as it gives good life skills. Our current year 10 was not advised that if enough interest was there that a bolt on subject could be added, perhaps if it was made apparent more parents might of been willing to come forward. If you agree with us and believe that ICT/ Computer Science should be added as a compulsory subject on the curriculum then please sign this petition and share so we get the message out to as many parents as possible! Thank you! :)

Lois O'Beirne
391 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to UK Government

Ban Homework

Homework has been the thing that caused so much stress and anxiety for years. If your child is suffering from depression, stress, or fear of going to school, then it's extremely likely that it's because of homework. Firstly, homework causes stress, anxiety and fear of coming to school, which results in grades dropping. Do you want your child to do well academically? But did you know that mental problems have a big impact on your child's attitude towards learning and coming to school? Some kids can't cope with so much stress. Especially, the ones in primary and high school. Secondly, parents don't always have the time to sit with their children and help them with their homework. It's because there is too much homework, and it can be quite difficult as well. Thirdly, homework ruins the main difference between school and home. School is for learning, while home is for relaxation, entertainment and family time. Why does school have to take up literally, ALL of our childhood? - And fill it with stress as well. It's not right. When we look back at our childhood, are we going to be able to say that we 100% enjoyed it? Of course not. We all had bad times, and some of them were linked with homework. School can be interesting and fun, but when it's too much, then it's too much. I'm not saying that school is rubbish, because I don't mind school. But if schools are not even able to set a reasonable amount of homework, then WHY SHOULD THEY EVEN SET HOMEWORK? I hope I made my point. I am a victim of homework, however, I do not mind revision. It's always good to take some notes home and spend some time before bed reading them. However, that doesn't mean that students are to be given piles of books to revise from. That wouldn't help. If I was in charge of all the schools in the UK, then I would obviously ban homework, but I would allow small revision to be taken home by students from time to time. Do you agree with me? Feel free to add your argument in the comments below, and please sign this petition so that we can try to make a difference and make life easier for students, especially the ones who are in primary and high school, who can't cope with stress really well yet.

Jakub Rosinski
2,334 supporters