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Petition to 内閣総理大臣 安倍晋三, 厚生労働大臣 塩崎恭久, 加藤勝信

Please review the use of physical restraints in Japanese psychiatric treatment

 In May 2017, my son Kelly Savage, who worked as an English teacher in Japan, died after being found in cardiopulmonary arrest while he was tied to his bed with physical restraints in a psychiatric hospital in Kanagawa prefecture. The cardiopulmonary arrest was completely unexpected, and occurred after he had been  tied to his bed  on the psychiatric ward for 10 days. We asked the psychiatric hospital to investigate the cause of his death and to review their policy on the use of physical restraints, but they refused to do so. From the first time that a Japanese high school student came to our house on an exchange programme, Kelly loved Japan.  He loved watching Japanese movies such as Totoro and became fascinated by Japanese culture.   He studied Japanese through high school and university and qualified to be an English teacher in Japan.  He taught English to Japanese children in elementary and junior high schools in Kagoshima for about two years.  The students and other teachers loved his fun-loving, friendly personality. Unfortunately, he became depressed and entered a Japanese hospital in April. But less than two weeks later, he was discovered in cardiopulmonary arrest. It seems that he was tied to his bed with leg, waist and wrist restraints almost the entire time he was in the hospital. Compared to other countries, Japanese psychiatric hospitals keep patients in restraints for a much longer time. According to a survey conducted on 689 patients in 11 psychiatric hospitals, the average time spent in physical restraint is 96 days[1].  Meanwhile, the average time in foreign countries is at most several hours to tens of hours. Although it is thought that there are not many people in Japanese psychiatric hospitals, in fact, the number of people who are physically restrained in Japanese psychiatric hospitals continues to increase. In 2014 more than 10,000 people were restrained-the highest ever recorded, and more than double the number a decade earlier [2]. It is well known that long-term restraints can cause grave physical, as well as psychological, harm to patients. It may cause deep vein thrombosis, also known as economy-class syndrome, which can be fatal[3,4]. In order to give proper treatment for hospitalized patients, the use of physical restraints in psychiatric medical treatment must be reduced. Together with Toshio Hasegawa, Professor of Health Faculty at Kyorin University, we have set up a group to try to appeal to the country to reduce the use of physical restraints in psychiatric treatment[5]. According to Professor Hasegawa, experiences similar to Kelly’s occur to many Japanese people as well [1]. At the very least, we hope that Kelly’s experience will not be repeated.  Kelly, who was fascinated by Japan and loved Japanese culture, would want Japanese psychiatry to improve.  We hope that this incident will lead to improved psychiatric care in Japan. We appreciate your continued support so that this request can be delivered to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. Thank you. Martha Savage [Our request] To prohibit the use of body restraints for a long period of time (24 hours or longer) in psychiatric hospitals. To quickly investigate whether there are human rights violations caused by physical restraint in psychiatric hospitals. In order to prevent human rights violations and deaths from occurring in psychiatric medical care, require a visual record, such as a video recording, whenever physical restraints are used.  Allow access to those recordings for patients or next of kin within 14 days to determine the actual conditions employed. The government should demonstrate leadership by setting targets with specified dates by which both the number of people in physical restraints and the time period of restraints are reduced. To provide medical information to patients and bereaved families, require hospitals to disclose information based on "guidelines for providing medical information" by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. We ask for your continued support so that people receiving psychiatric treatment in Japan will receive proper medical care, will not be restrained more than necessary and will not lose their lives. References:[1]長谷川利夫. (2016). 精神科医療における隔離・ 身体拘束実態調査 ~その急増の背景要因を探り縮減への道筋を考える~. 病院・地域精神医学, 59(1), 18–21.[2][3] Dickson BC, Pollanen MS: Fatal thromboembolic disease: A risk in physically restrained psychiatric patients. J Forensic Leg Med 2009; 16:284–286.[4][5] 【ホームページ 精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会】 日本語版ページはこちら: Our homepage:

Alliance against physical restraint in psychiatric care (精神科医療の身体拘束を考える会)
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Petition to CEOs of the FTSE350 Companies

Big business must do more to build an equal society

Business has the power to change the world for the better, but persistent stories of low pay, discrimination and a lack of respect for the environment often make it seem like part of the problem, not the solution. As the workforce of the future students and young people can push your future employers to do better, to create a fairer, more sustainable world by making better purchasing decisions. We call on the FSTE 350 to take their responsibility to people and planet more seriously and to work with, learn from and support the growing social enterprise movement, simply by changing who they buy from. Social enterprises, which are set up to trade for a social purpose, offer a better way of doing business. From homelessness and substance abuse to mental health and social care - social enterprises are working on the front-line creating opportunities and reducing inequalities. They are showing traditional businesses how social impact and profit can go hand in hand. Join the social enterprise revolution and ensure business plays its part to ensure our generation has a better future. Sign this petition, which will be delivered to the CEOs of the FTSE 350 - the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange comprising of both the FTSE 100 and the FTSE 250.  With your support we can show them that their future employees and customers care about the impact they are having. That they want them to step up and use their influence and purchasing power to build a fairer world.   Dear CEOs of the FTSE 350 Students are the workforce of the future and business has the power to change the world. We believe in equality. Every business should ensure that people are able to rise to the top regardless of their gender, race, religion or background. We believe in environmental responsibility. Every business should make a positive contribution to ensuring that the next generation does not inherit an ecological disaster. We believe in community. Every business should respect the places that they work in and give something back. We are losing trust in business. Stories of low-pay, discrimination and a lack of respect for the environment are all too common. Businesses appear to be making our situation worse, not better. Soon we will be entering the workplace. We want to work for companies that care about more than just the bottom line, that have a social mission beyond short-term profits. We want to work in and with social enterprises. We want more businesses to become social enterprises. These are firms which are set up to make a positive social and environmental impact. They reinvest their profits back into their business to further their mission or into projects which deliver their mission. This is a smarter way of doing business. Social enterprises are more diverse than private firms. 41% are led by women and 12% by people from an ethnic minority background – double the level in the rest of the private sector. Social enterprises are also more innovative than private firms. This is no coincidence. Diversity is good for society and good for business. There can be no more excuses for businesses failing to deliver. The FTSE 100 currently spends around £10m on Corporate Social Responsibility every year. Wouldn’t it be better if they used the hundreds of billions that they spent doing business every year to make a positive difference. They can do that through spending their money with social enterprises and becoming more socially responsible themselves. As business you have the power to build a fairer world. We call on you to support social enterprises so that our generation has a better future. Yours sincerely,  Your future workforce.

Social Enterprise UK
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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Simon Fraser University

Save SFPIRG! Provide leased space at SFU!

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre at Simon Fraser University (SFU) dedicated to engaging students and community in social and environmental justice. All students at SFU, both undergraduate and graduate, are members of SFPIRG – and have been since 1981! Areas of work include education, action, research, and community-building. SFPIRG brings together a diverse range of people and our work is all centred on a shared set of values. Ultimately, a thread that runs through all our work is advocating for a more just and inclusive world; one which prioritizes everyone’s wellness, access, and participation. SFPIRG currently subleases office and lounge space in the Rotunda from the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). The SFSS is currently building a new Student Union Building (SUB), and will be relinquishing its lease on the Rotunda once the SUB is completed. This means SFPIRG will need a new home on campus to keep engaging students and community in social and environmental justice! SFPIRG serves approximately 30,000 students at SFU, including undergraduate and graduate students. Our current lease is for approximately 1,400 square feet in the Rotunda. To continue our current programs, SFPIRG needs: Space that is accessible to all students, including those with disabilities. The Undergrounds, which SFSS has mentioned but has not formally offered, will require extensive renovation to meet this need. We currently collaborate on events and programs with the other independent student societies on campus. The allocation of space to SFPIRG cannot mean that our fellow organizations will be rendered homeless. To continue our existing programs and services, we will require space that is functionally equivalent to our current office and lounge space. If organizational space can be arranged to work for several work study students, a volunteer Board of Directors, various volunteer teams, three permanent staff, and all those students who come to our organization seeking support and a place where they feel safe, we are prepared to accept space no smaller than 820 square feet – the size of the smaller organizational suites in the SUB. Who has the power to meet these needs and house SFPIRG? SFU can decide to lease to SFPIRG directly, in the Maggie Benston Centre (MBC) office space that the SFSS will be vacating when they move into the SUB. The SFSS can decide to lease the "organizational suites" in the SUB to the independent student societies on campus, including SFPIRG, Embark, CJSF, and The Peak. Either of these options would meet both SFPIRG's space needs AND the needs of SFU students! If SFPIRG loses its space and is forced to relocate elsewhere, the SFU community risks losing one of the few hubs where students can come together to engage with social justice issues and explore alternatives to the status quo, as learners and also as leaders. SFPIRG is a place where students who are facing social barriers here at SFU can find emotional and practical support that is grounded in an awareness that social injustice is a real thing. We regularly hear from students that SFPIRG is one of the only places on campus they feel safe talking about their experiences of injustice. Students need more than simply space – they need a wide array of programming and support. SFPIRG is one organization meeting part of that need. We call on SFU and the SFSS to do the right thing, and lease appropriate campus space to SFPIRG! Support student leadership! Support student engagement! Support social justice at SFU! What do current and former SFU students have to say about SFPIRG? "I regularly apply the skills I gained from SFPIRG to my life, studies, and grassroots community organizing efforts, leading to employment as a women's centre coordinator. SFPIRG's active commitments to disrupting all systems of oppression, supporting resistance struggles, and uplifting systemically marginalized voices on their own terms resonate with me, and having such safer, accessible space on campus has been integral to my growth and wellbeing as a student." - Maisaloon Al-Ashkar, BA in First Nations Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies "There are so few resources on campus for students and faculty alike to so easily draw on for support in the difficult work of unlearning our privilege, identifying the intersections of oppression and power that we are all entangled in, and growing in our capacity to do our work in ways that foster inclusion, respect, and welcome. SFPIRG offers the support to do this, and so much more." - Scott Neufeld, BA, MA, PhD Student in Psychology, Vanier Scholar "It is more essential than ever to protect spaces like SFPIRG, true hubs for empowering engaged, critically thinking leaders. And this is precisely what we need most in order for a just world to blossom - dedicated leaders, with space and time and room to grow with and into and beyond themselves. SFPIRG nurtured me to be the leader I am today." - Aleks Besan, BA in International Studies, 2014 Valedictorian of Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences "The layered benefits of a community space are many: the lifelong friendships forged through balanced discussions; a place of refuge between busy classes and the demands of life; a work environment for students to get hands-on experience; a research hub where students and community can reach symbiosis. At every point of interaction with the SFU community, SFPIRG has lasting positive change and provides an essential bridge between students and their communities." - Isaac Louie, BA in Psychology, BEd. w/ minor in Environmental Education "If we want to believe that the university produces ethical and responsible persons, we need to also believe in the on-campus communities, like SFPIRG, that make that possible. Academic spaces need to be in collaboration with social-justice-centric organizations that present different, creative, and alternative approaches to making a better world, and to surviving in one that is not there yet." - Tavleen Purewal, BA in English and French "An engaged university facilitates student access to organizations that provide opportunities to wrestle with the social and environmental issues of our time. It is in SFU’s best interest to ensure that SFPIRG continues to exist, as it contributes to SFU’s overall ecology of engagement on campus, while providing students grounded opportunities for professional and personal growth. I cannot imagine an engaged SFU without SFPIRG." - Alyssa Serpa, BEnv. in Human Geography, Minor in Music

Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG)
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