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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
205,312 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Swindon Borough Council

Do not allow the demolition of Clifton Street School, Swindon

Clifton St School is a valuable part of Swindon's heritage, which has been eroded in the name of progress. Swindon has very few buildings of historical importance, especially 'New Swindon' which was born after the Great Western Railway decided to build their world famous works here. As New Swindon developed, more houses appeared, as well as the amenities needed for the increasing population. Clifton St School was built in 1884 to deliver the education for the local residents. Developers have run roughshod over Swindon's heritage for many years. We have lost many buildings of importance to the greed of developers, who often do not consider the heritage aspect or the sentimental attachment to our few remaining historical buildings, or the architectural importance of them. We lost the Baptist Tabernacle, the future of The Mechanics Institute, and the Corn Exchange (aka The Locarno) is the subject of many debates over many years with their structures slowly but surely deteriorating to the point of inevitable demolition. We lost Even Swindon School, it is imperative that Clifton Street School is not only saved from demolition, but also restored. Sukhvir Singh MANDER of G & D Estates, SLOUGH is the developer who owns the property, and has already unlawfully demolished a section without the permission of Swindon Borough Council. We cannot trust this person with a significant part of Swindon's social history. As well as signing the petition, can you please follow the link below to raise an objection directly to Swindon Borough Council, quoting reference number S/18/1997   We, the undersigned, call upon Swindon Borough Council to reject planning permission for the demolition of Clifton Street School, and to force Sukhir Singh Mander of G&D Estates, Slough to pay for the rectification of unlawful works upon the aforementioned building, as well as all subsequent damage caused by weather due to the exposed sections caused by the unlawful works.  

Ben Blakey
1,171 supporters