Petition Tag - mental health

1. END THE WAR ON GUN SCIENCE

Sunday, November 5, 2017 started as a morning like any other. Woke up around 9, made breakfast and plopped onto the couch. I try not to check Facebook on days off because we live in an age where the information is so instant, it feels as though news could trigger a heart attack. Even at 31, I am terrified to lose someone I love in this divided, scary, and broken Country.

I have to do something and I am not sure where to begin. I fear our time is limited on this planet and the fact of death is scary enough. Why make it easier to end such fragile lives? Perhaps together we can make this petition go viral and begin the long journey to better mental health and less gun violence.

Here is an excerpt from an article written on October 18, 2017 after the Las Vegas massacre:

"A January Journal of the American Medical Association article called US gun-violence research “substantially underfunded and understudied.” A February article in the American Journal of Public Health observed that roadway deaths have substantially declined thanks to measures suggested by research, in contrast to “a paucity of research about ways … to mitigate mortality and morbidity caused by firearms.” In the general media as well, arguments for federal gun-violence research have been lurking. Now the Las Vegas concert massacre has refocused the attention.

Much of the attention goes to the Dickey Amendment, a provision in a 1996 statute named for Republican congressman Jay Dickey of Arkansas. It doesn’t actually forbid federal gun-violence research. It merely directs that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” But the Dickey Amendment has intimidated federal research officials at the CDC and the National Institutes of Health ever since.

Firearms and public health

Does gun-violence research really invite or portend gun control? Many on the political right think so. Consider the 2011 New York Times article “NRA stymies firearms research, scientists say.” It quoted National Rifle Association chief lobbyist Chris Cox: “Our concern is not with legitimate medical science. Our concern is they were promoting the idea that gun ownership was a disease that needed to be eradicated.” Late this summer, Science magazine quoted another NRA lobbyist’s concern that federal involvement means that “political agendas are allowed to supersede scientific analysis.”

The Times’s 2011 article noted that the Dickey “prohibition is striking, firearms researchers say, because there are already regulations that bar the use of CDC money for lobbying for or against legislation. No other field of inquiry is singled out in this way.”

Newsweek’s headline after Las Vegas illustrated the nearly universal tone of current press attention to the research issue. It exclaimed, “The government won’t fund research on gun violence because of NRA lobbying.” A Times editorial charged that Washington has “hobbled basic research into what is clearly a public health disaster.” Articles and commentaries along such lines appeared at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere.

In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution op-ed, Mark L. Rosenberg, founding director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, warned that “we are asking lawmakers to make decisions without data.” He stipulated that we “need to find things that work to both reduce gun violence and protect gun rights.” He reported that CDC “houses the largest collection of violence prevention professionals of any place in the world.” After observing that automobile safety research has saved more than a third of a million lives “without banning cars,” he asserted that investments in “gun violence prevention research through CDC can yield results that are every bit as impressive.”

At the Los Angeles Times in 2016 and again after Las Vegas, Pulitzer Prize–holding columnist Michael Hiltzik, rejecting the notion that the Dickey Amendment constitutes an actual block to research, condemned what he called “a succession of pusillanimous CDC directors.” He charges that they “decided that the safest course bureaucratically was simply to zero out the whole field.” He advocates forcing an end to what he calls the NRA’s “stranglehold on science.” Read more here http://physicstoday.scitation.org/do/10.1063/PT.6.3.20171018a/full/

Please stand with me, LaRaisha, to end the stranglehold on the research necessary to solve the epidemic of gun violence and mass murder in our country. Put your politics aside and work to ensure a better future for our children.

2. Ban Unhealthily Underweight Models

1.6 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. 'Dream Models' agency recently did a study on a sample of 3,000 models, showing that 94% of them were under an unhealthy body mass index of 18.5. Models set expectations for young people, as the media is such a major aspect of 21st century life. France have introduced a policy stating that models must only be considered after providing evidence of a doctor's certificate that shows that they are at a healthy weight. A secondary element to the new policy is that re-touched photos in magazines must be marked as such. Using this, in the UK, would be both positive for body image and therefore reduces eating disorder cases, reducing the cost to the NHS of eating disorder inpatient admissions and improving health of a large proportion of the UK's population.

3. Make Binders Readily Available on the NHS

The trans community have suffered a lot over generations, and one of the issues is the price and accessibility of binders. Binders are usually sourced online at a high price rate because of the shipping and manufacturing, as well as most of them being made in America. This makes it significantly difficult for working class or unemployed trans men to find a cheaper alternative for their wellbeing. Binders are sold on Amazon and Ebay at lower prices, however in my experience, they are not very reliable and well made. I believe that as a gender non-conforming individual who uses binders myself, we should not have to pay for something that helps us feel more comfortable and helps with d***horia. Waiting lists for surgery for the trans community is very long and can take up to a certain amount of years. Surely, there should be a free service that helps until the surgery is finalised. Some trans people choose not to have surgery and that is completely their choice, but they should have access to good quality, free binders on the NHS that they can use everyday and feel themselves. If they can fund sexual health, then they can fund mental health. I believe that giving this opportunity to the trans and non-binary community will promote intersectionality, benefit mental health, and may even save lives.

4. Make Mental Health Education Mandatory in All Schools in Australia

Mental health education is still not part of the Australian curriculum despite the consistently high rates of child and adolescent mental health issues and suicide rates. I believe that By educating school students about mental health in schools, we will be able to increase awareness and therefore hope to encourage open discussions among younger and older people, which would make it less of a taboo subject.

Studies have found that approximately 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental Health disorder and could be given the appropriate help of they were made aware of what could be done.

Men are also approximately 3 times more likely to commit suicide even though women have been found to have a statistically higher suicide attempt rate.

Recently studies have shown that there has been a significant increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm and suicide attempts. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68%.

More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed whilst in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time. By educating the younger population about mental health and suicide as well as the risk factors and common symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar and other common mental health disorder, many people could potentially be helped and make those suffering from mental health more comfortable with speaking up.

5. Help Care For The Ones Who Are Forgotten

The New Asylums
PATIENTS RE-INSTITUTIONALIZED IN JAILS AND HOMELESS SHELTERS. Draining resources in many communities. Single people who have no children, no drug or alcohol problems will not receive services.

Suicide claims the lives of 38,000 Americans a year — more than car accidents, prostate cancer or homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 90% of suicides are related to mental illness, says Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

The problems you need to know about in the broken Mental Health System is here : Cost of not caring: Nowhere to go
THE FINANCIAL AND HUMAN TOLL FOR NEGLECTING THE MENTALLY ILL.
Liz Szabo , USA TODAY
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/12/mental-health-system-crisis/7746535/

6. Tampa Bay Lightning to recognize mental illness

The Tampa Bay Lightning do a lot for cancer - and thats great! Cancer is a serious issue. But mental illness always seems to be shoved aside; ignored.

The Lightning was the first thing I became interested in in life and helped pull me out of my depression last year. I felt like I actually had something to look forward to - the games. They helped me a lot during that time, and I think it would be amazing if they did something to recognize mental illness.

7. Increase Mental Health funding in the Northern Territory

The United Conservative Party is extremely concerned with the state of the mental health care system in the Northern Territory.

Suicide rates in the NT are the highest in the nation and nearly double the national average. (1)

With proven statistics like this you would believe that Mental Health would be at the very forefront of the governments mind. But instead the NT government allowed the NT Lifeline call centre to close after refusing to increase funding by just $150,000 per annum. (2)

The situation is further compounded by the blatant neglect of suitable mental health services for its 5000 defence personnel. Any current or ex-service personnel in the Northern Territory suffering from PTSD, has to travel to Adelaide to receive suitable treatment. (3)

(1) http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/centralian-advocate/nt-suicide-rates-highest-in-australia-according-to-abs/story-fnk4wgm8-1226879078549
(2) http://www.ntnews.com.au/lifestyle/lifeline-closes-only-local-nt-call-centre/news-story/f558bea939e12a389cf389950a478c24
(3) http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/labor-spokeswoman-for-veterans-affairs-amanda-rishworth-shocked-by-the-state-of-veteran-services-in-the-northern-territory/news-story/4f7e6f6d5179cecbb2bb48b66595fbd1

8. Stop Treating 5150 like they did something wrong by volunteering to seek help

I want the laws on mental illness to change due to how unfair it is to blanket mental illness the same. Just like in law there are different levels on how things are identified. I have volunteered to seek help because I didn’t know what was going on with myself emotionally. So I did what I thought was right to see help to find out what was going on with me and why is this happening since it was unfamiliar territory emotional.

I tried counselors and my personal doctors said you are experiencing depression and should seek more help than they can provide. I went to the hospital and told them what was going on with me and what I was seeking to get help because outpatient help wasn’t helping and I felt it was getting worse so I volunteered to go to a mental hospital in hopes of getting to know what is going on with me. Why I felt the way I did and how to get past the overwhelming feelings that I suddenly had and learned how to process what I was going through to get better.

The law treats all mental illness the same when whether you volunteer or forced by law enforcement. I think that is very unfair due to I am an individual who knows that something is wrong and took the necessary steps to get better than causing disturbances and being arrested and forced to seek help. I feel this law needs to change and be more specific and not punish all mental illness the same. There is a difference if you are diagnosed with a known mental illness that makes you a danger to yourself and others.

9. Support the Teen Dating Violence Policy Petition

Teen dating violence is a serious issue that affects us all. As friends and relatives of victims, we cope with the loss of our dearest ones. As classmates of victims, we feel unsafe and have a hard time performing our best at school. As observers of teen dating violence, we watch as violence becomes a normalized component of our culture. As victims, we are impacted in the most gruesome way possible. Teen dating violence needs to be addressed immediately.

On September 30th, 2011, Cindi Santana, a 17 year-old student at South East High School in South Gate, California was stabbed to death on school grounds by her former boyfriend, Abraham Lopez. Prior to the incident, Lopez was arrested and subsequently released on bail after threatening Cindi. Santana’s mother notified her daughter’s school of Lopez’s threatening behavior and presented a restraining order regarding Santana’s safety. However, the school did not undertake the proper measures to follow it, and on September 30th, Lopez approached Cindi at the school courtyard during lunch and stabbed her multiple times, resulting in her death.

Before the Cindi Santana case, the violence prevention non-profit, Peace Over Violence and other youth-groups and community partners, had been working with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for ten years to implement a policy advocating healthy relationships and teen dating violence prevention. In previous years, when POV presented the policy to the LAUSD board, it was repudiated, but in light of Cindi’s death, the policy was passed on October 11th, 2011 with an unanimous vote.

However, it still has not been effectuated by LAUSD due to a clause concerning funds. The clause allows the policy to be delayed as long as funds are not sufficient to support said policy. Many more acts of violence have occurred since then, and still, the policy has not been implemented.

The best way to prevent further acts of teen dating violence is by effectuating this policy which will:
- Establish a Prevention Coordinator and Prevention Liaisons to coordinate the dissemination of prevention methods, intervention techniques, and curricula addressing adolescent dating abuse.
- Provide prevention education to students on topics of healthy relationships and dating abuse.
- Provide ongoing professional development to school staff on topics of healthy relationships and dating abuse.
- Provide parent/caregiver engagement opportunities to educate parents on topics of healthy relationships and dating abuse.
- Coordinate appropriate intervention and response to incidents or complaints of dating abuse.
- Establish ongoing tools to monitor and assess dating abuse prevention activities and intervention techniques.
- Provide annual written notice to parents/caregivers and students of the school teen dating violence policy.

We must implement this policy to prevent another serious tragedy. Violence not only affects the victim physically and mentally, but also his/her ability to perform well in school, live a healthy lifestyle, and his/her family and friends. To support this policy, please sign below.

10. Congress: Please Institute the Mental Health Reform Act Immediately

To: Congress

We demand that you provide Americans battling mental health problems with better access to mental health treatment by instituting the Mental Health Reform Act right away.

1 in 5 American adults are affected by some sort of mental illness, but with easier access to the right help and treatment, these numbers could be drastically reduced. The problem is, most adults that have mental health problems are being denied the medical attention they cannot live without.

The scary statistics about mental health issues in the U.S.:

• The suicide rate in America is approximately double the murder rate
• Approximately half of Americans experiencing mental illness haven’t received mental health treatment or care within the last year
• Most insurance plans either deny or dramatically restrict mental health treatment and care

The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 can help with the following:

• Provide better access to the mental health care needed by providing more mental health professionals
• Make health insurance companies more accountable for their lack of mental health coverage

11. We Demand 24/7 Acute Mental Health Care in New Ross and Co. Wexford as a Whole!

Mental health is everyone's concern and each and every one of us will feel it's affects in one way or another during our lives be that through our own lives or the lives of those we love.

Sadly though, in too many cases we only realise this when it is too late and we are left to try to pick up the pieces while all the while wondering to ourselves "If only" or "why didn't" I/they/we do or say something? Wexford has no 24/7 acute mental health care! New Ross and Co.

Wexford urgently needs 24/7 acute mental health care! Will you help us change that? Will you please?

12. Mental Health Matters: we need to inform the new generation about the reality of mental health

1 in 5 youth (aged 9 to 19) have a mental health problem or illness. Mental health is a huge issue. But the fact is, not nearly enough is being done about it.

Even though there is a part of the curriculum dedicated to mental health, it is short and uninformative. Many are left with the understanding that mental health is a joke and not a very serious condition.

Thus, we need to inform the new generation about the reality of mental health.

13. Child and Youth Mental Health Matters

You'd think in a developed nation such as Canada, that mental illness awaremess and treatment would have the coverage deserved, but unfortunately that is not the case. The facts are...

"- 1 in 5 youth (aged 9 to 19) have a mental health problem or illness
- 3 out of 4 children and youth with a mental health problem or illness will not receive treatment and those that do can wait as long as a year to get an appointment
- Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death for Canadian youth
- Three times as many youth (15-24) die by suicide than by all forms of cancer combined."

Partners for Mental Health
With staggering facts like these, it is time to take action and address the lack of support for Canadian children and youth. All minds matter and it is time to make a difference. For more information on mental health or how to get involved check out these links:

http://rightbyyou.ca/en
http://www.partnersformh.ca/
http://mentalhealthweek.cmha.ca/

14. Stop Bullying Now!

Sign this petition if you want bullying to STOP NOW!

Every year people are greatly affected by bullying. Either in school, at home or the workplace, bullying has major impacts on lives and can lead to mental health conditions such as deep depression, anxiety and even in the death of a child through escalating violence or suicide.

No one deserves to feel scared at school, work or home. Too many people who witness bullying never step forward for fear of becoming a victim themselves or risking their career. It's time to put a voice to this major issue.

In Victoria, Australia, a young woman was bullied to the point she took her own life. As a result, the Victorian Government introduced the Brodie's Law that protects victims of bullying and holds those who bully accountable.

This petition will help drive similar laws in the rest of Australia to protect our most vulnerable in our community.

15. I Am My Brothers' Keeper

On October 14, 2015 Caroline Ekong, M.D., a respected Delaware psychiatrist, was brutally murdered by a former patient. Dr. Ekong had no idea she was being targeted. The young man who killed her seems to have done so out of rage at Dr. Ekong for placing him on a temporary commitment in a psychiatric facility in 2012.

On October 1, 2015, a shooter killed nine and injured nine others at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Although we don’t know much about the shooter’s mental health, his behavior was rageful and he did commit suicide. These are just two recent examples of violence against others in our country.

Mental illness is a treatable illness. It can affect one’s mood (e.g., depression, anxiety), one’s thought processes (e.g., schizophrenia) or both mood and thoughts (e.g., bipolar disorder with psychotic features, schizoaffective disorder).

Mental illness is treatable with medication, psychotherapy and the support of family and friends. With treatment, many people can live a full life. Like any medical illness, mental illness can be mild, moderate or severe. People with a severe form of a mental illness may need societal supports, such as housing, help getting to doctors’ appointments, help buying food and clothing. Mental illness can be debilitating in its severe form. It’s easy to misunderstand because you can’t see it with your eyes.

There is evidence that mental illness can be genetic which is helpful in early detection, psycho-education and diagnosis. We have also known for a long time that initial episodes of psychotic thinking occur between the ages of 18 and 22, which could further aid us in diagnosis and treatment of some severe mental illness.

In the past few years, we have seen increased violence due to mental illness. These deaths have been initiated by individuals between the ages of 18 and 22. In at least one incidence, college counselors were unable to communicate their concerns to the parents due to confidentiality. With the passing of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), professionals were stopped from communicating with others unless a patient signed a release authorizing an outreach to family.

Before HIPAA, we could easily engage one's family and friends in treatment to help our patients understand that they have a treatable illness—there’s hope, in other words. The capability to communicate easily and quickly with significant people is crucial to helping patients with psychosis. Why? People who exhibit psychotic thinking typically believe that their thoughts are true and “normal”. In other words, if a person thinks you’re trying to poison him/her, the person really believes that. Strangers (like mental health professionals who are evaluating someone for treatment) are often seen as threatening because they are asking questions that may threaten the existence of the delusional thought.

To be more specific, an evaluator may ask, “have you heard any voices when no one else is in the room with you?” The patient may think, “this person thinks I’m crazy and they’re going to try to put me away against my will.” Exploring possible psychotic thinking is more complicated than this example and can take some time to investigate. Even an evaluator who is adept at building trust can be suspect to someone suffering from delusional thinking. The presence and support of family and/or friends can help the evaluation. These key people provide information needed to evaluate and diagnose. Family members and/or friends can facilitate safety for their loved one.

With HIPAA, our hands are tied. We must have a release of information signed by the patient before we can reach out to others. If someone doesn’t want others to know that they are having problems or if the patient thinks the MH professional is trying to harm them—or any other reason—the patient may not authorize an outreach.

Even though we may need the support of family and friends in order to help a severely ill person, we might not be able to do so. We can’t help people fully when we can’t explain our diagnosis, treatment and prognosis to the very people who could help their family member or friend.

Family and friends can help their loved one understand and trust that the MH professionals want to help the loved one regain their ability to love, connect, learn, grow and lead the best life possible.

Each of us can help our family members, our friends, our neighbors. “I Am My Brothers’ Keeper” means we are a community, a society of people who care about each other enough to get involved and help. As a society, we need to get away from the idea that “this is none of my business”. We need to stop being frightened by mental illness. Again, mental illness is treatable.

Specifically, we want the portion of HIPAA that affects medical and mental health professionals’ ability to reach out to others needs to be changed. If a physician, psychologist, clinical social worker or mental health counselor makes a clinical decision that their patient is at risk for harming self or others, this professional needs to have the ability to reach out to family and/or friends to join the discussion of diagnosis, treatment planning, prognosis, and treatment compliance—without risk of being sued and losing one’s license to practice due to breach of confidentiality.

16. Support a Carve Out for Mental Health from Managed Medicaid

House Bill 11 aims to extend managed medicaid across the state and will decrease mental health services for our children, adolescents and adults with mental illness. This is an urgent matter as Missouri Government has secretly passed legislation which will cripple mental health care across the remainder of the state at a time when teen suicides and school violence are on the rise.

Currently, St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia and the Rolla area have managed care. These areas have increased social need and lack of services for children that suffer with mental illness such as Autism, ADHD, Learning disorders, Behavioral Disorders, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Impulse Control Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Severe Depression and many other disorders. Some but not all of these children are in the foster care system or suffer from extreme poverty, and child abuse.

Children that suffer from child abuse, poverty, neglect or have the above disorders are in need of intensive psychiatric services which is limited by the managed care system in affected areas. Fortunately, in the Springfield area we have not been affected thus far therefore, we have been able to provide quality care to the children in Springfield and the surrounding areas. Currently, mental health care in Springfield is centered around the needs of our children not by the needs of a for profit entity ran by a company in another state with no real understanding of the mental health needs of the children in our community. The house will vote on HB11 on April 13, 2015 and if this appropriations bill passes as expected, the ability to provide client centered services in the Springfield area and across the state will change effective July 1, 2015, if we don’t act now.

We are asking for your signature to stop the expansion of managed care as it pertains to mental health. We would like your support and your signature stating you support a carve out for mental health to protect the mental health needs of our children who suffer from mental illness. NO MORE Columbines, Sandy Hooks, Virginia Techs, and teen suicides. If the children and young adults that perpetrated these crimes had received quality mental health care they may have made different choices. This effects everyone in our community. Please let your representative know that you are concerned for our children’s mental health, children’s safety, and the safety of others.

Support Quality Mental Health Care and ask for a carve out for mental health by signing this petition.

17. Human Rights in Mental Health

Our cause is for the Human Rights of those who have been given or forced with a Mental Health label that wasn't invited by the individual him/herself.

Currently there is an epidemic of those who are deemed incompetent by a medical health professional and then in turn, said individuals who are deemed incompetent are then forced or coerced into incarceration and forced or coerced to take pharmaceutical drugs unwillingly, among other abhorrent practices that said individuals are forced into without their expressed consent.

The key here is that said individuals whom are given such mental health labels such as schizophrenia, bi-polar manic depression, depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity etc. have generally never committed a crime that is triable in a court of law, and yet they are stripped, incarcerated and drugged without their consent and with no legal recourse.

18. Every Australian Deserves a Better Mental Health System

To create the catalyst with Government and Mental Health affiliates for improved services for all mental health sufferers and their loved ones and provide lasting solutions to our system.

Approximately 2,000 Australians die from suicide every year – World Health Organisation

• Suicide is the leading cause of death in men and women under the age of 45 – Beyond Blue

• In each year, approximately one in every five Australians will experience mental illness - Mindframe

• Mental illnesses are the third leading cause of disability burden in Australia – Mindframe

• 7 Australians taking their own lives every day – Beyond Blue

• For every completed suicide, it is estimated that as many as 30 people attempt – that’s around 200 attempts per day – more than one new attempt in Australia every 10 minutes - Lifeline

• Receives over one million contacts each year from help-seekers – Lifeline

• There is a new call to Lifeline every 50 seconds – Lifeline

19. Shanes Out Of Province Treatment "DENIED" - Support Mental Health & Addictions Treatment for Shane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w--5ZsLdlKQ&feature=youtu.be

Long Treatment "Denied" by the Ministry. Tracy Muggli (Director of Mental Health and Addictions / Saskatoon Health Region) who provided Out Of Province Long Term Treatment application on Shane's behalf to the Ministry for review "failed" to provide "Important Medical Documentation" that does support Shane's needs for a Long Term Treatment.

Ms Muggli withheld Shane's Medical documentation from the Ministry. Ms Muggli stated In Shane's application short term Treatment would be logical and best treatment for Shane. Ms Muggli why would you apply for Long Term Treatment on someone's behalf yet in the same application state short term treatment would be logical and best treatment for Shane? "I am unable to contact her for comment".

Considering Shane's past extreme struggles, hardships finding appropriate Treatment that can save his life has been dismissed by the Saskatoon Health Region once again . . . It is clear Ms Muggli does not have Shane's best interest at heart provide him with access to effective Treatment Shane and others are in desperate need of. THIS DECISION WILL BE APPEALED . . . PLEASE continue to sign and share Shane's petition for Treatment all your signatures and comments are appreciated! Please help me to circulate Shane's Story also to create awareness we "NEED" access to Long Term Treatment In Saskatchewan enough throwing human beings in SHELTERS this has to STOP and is certainly not a reasonable decision for the people of Saskatoon !

Shane had been placed in a "Short Term Treatment Program" that is unlikely to be successful after learning what type of facility is needed and does not have access to. It was suggested to the Health Region Director of Mental Health and Addictions Shane be placed on a list for a long term Treatment Center in Saskatchewan. I am unable to contact her for comment.

My Son Shane began experiencing mild depression approximately 2 1/2 years ago he is now 25 years of age. His family Physician began prescribing him a "cocktail" of prescription medications (drugs ) over a period of a year and a half. These medications made his depression progressively worse.

One year ago after being altered by the (prescription medications for a year and a half) they proved no help but further harm for Shane. Shane began to self medicate with the potent drug Crystal Meth. He has been using this drug for just over a year now. Prior to Shane's depression he was actively involved and participated in multiple Christian programs helping others. He had a great passion and love for God, he was not afraid to share this infact was very proud of the positive impact he was able to be a part of communicating and sharing his dedicated love to all. Shane obtained his grade 12 and holds great pride in his achievement.

Shane is a very talented musician and has a great love and passion for creating and producing his own style of Hip Hop. September 2014 Shane realized he was very ill he reached out to our Health Region for support and help. For the last 6 months Shane has been BLOCKED from the Emergency Department at RUH, DISCHARGED SUICIDAL a number of times, forced to live in the the Lighthouse Shelter, eats at the Local food Shelter, ARRESTED, treated with very little dignity and respect while being a patient at the Dube Center. I

In Shane's 25 years he has never been arrested but currently is being detained at the local Correctional Facility for the past 30 days, primarily due to his own personal safety as well the communities as he is in need of a Treatment Center that is able to help him over come his addiction. Saskatchewan's availability for Treatment Centers that are able to effectively provide Shane with Treatment he so "desperately needs immediately" is unavailable to him due to the Saskatoon Health Region over looking the severity of his Mental Health and Addictions and failed to provide him with a referral which is required to attend a Treatment Center.

Wait times on average In Saskatchewan can be up to 3 months. The Ministry of Health is at present in the process of approving out of province Treatment for Shane hopefully very soon before something really bad happens to Shane. Please sign this petition if you are supportive to give him the opportunity to a Treatment Center.

Thank you for your time reading Shane's petition.

We are very grateful for all signatures as this petition will be going to the Ministry of Health on behalf of Shane's Treatment.

20. Demand Our Federal Goverment Provide the Support Our Veterans Need

It is past time that the people of Canada stand up and tell our Federal Government that we will not stand for the horrendous treatment of our veterans.

We demand that Mental Health assistance be mandatory for every person in the Canadian Forces.

We demand decent pensions and financial help for veterans.

21. “PLEASE SAVE THE JAM, THE MIX, THE GIG (THE JMG)”

‘The Jam, The Mix, The Gig’ (The JMG) is a Music and Mental Health Program.

We are a "CREATIVE ARTS" Program for the survivors of Mental Health problems.

The JMG is Funded by The SA Government through SA Mental Health Service.

And we are recognized by "Regional Arts Australia (RAA)" Publication (from the Kalgoorlie – Boulder 2014 Conference) ‘Belonging’ as one of Australia's "GREAT ART STORIES" (click download PDF) Page 35 ‘Port Pirie and Mental Health Project’ http://regionalarts.com.au/publications

22. Mental Health Matters

Redditch MHAG want to make a difference to people's experience of accessing mental health services in Redditch and the wider area.

We believe the best way to do this is for all organisations to sit around a table and discuss how the system can be overhauled/improved.

We want to speak up on behalf of those who don't have a voice and get mental health on an equal footing with physical health!

E-mail redditchmhag@gmail.com or call 07788 379389 for more information.

Harriet
Chair, MHAG

23. Backup Cup support for beyondblue

My name is Joseph Dunning and I would like to organise a special fund raising event in Mount Gambier for beyondblue.

Why beyondblue, and why football?

I am very passionate about the game. Our game has helped me through some very tough points in my life when nothing else seemed to help. I can attribute this to the therapy playing the game has given me.

Sadly we have recently lost one of our family members late last year. We are still trying to come to terms with the loss and the empty hole in our hearts. However we only see it fitting to place the awareness of depression and anxiety in the forefront of peoples minds by having this event.

If we can find one positive to come from this heart breaking time, that is helping the awareness and support of an organization such as beyondblue. As we know every little bit counts, and has the ability to to make a difference to the ones thst need it the most!

beyondblue is an organisation that was established in October 2000 as a national five-year initiative to create a community response to depression. The aim was to move the focus on depression away from a mental health service issue and towards one which is understood, acknowledged and addressed by the wider community.

My family would like to raise further awareness of mental health issues as well as show that organisations like beyondblue are there to help people like the one that was dear to us. When all seems lost there is help at hand; help that will not discriminate nor chastises for you feeling the way you do.

For beyondblue to continue their invaluable support in helping people deal with the stress that our modern society brings, they require support and encouragement from the community, by means of fundraising and generating awareness.

Please sign our petition in support for The Back Up Cup - proudly supporting beyondblue in our request to get Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory Football clubs to Mount Gambier and participate in the Back Up cup!

This event is to help raising much needed funds for beyondblue as well as providing awareness of mental health issues within our community.

24. Adelaide United vs Melbourne Victory in Mount Gambier

To fundraise for both BeyondBlue & Lifeline while raising awareness of mental health and suicide within our community, we would like to get the support of Adelaide United & Melbourne Victory by inviting them to Mount Gambier, in South Australia to play a friendly at one of our local clubs.

25. Support people with mental health issues seeking policy reform

Current changes to how services to peolple with problems i.e mental health, are haveing a bad affect on people makeing them stress and very poorly also changes to how the goverment are changeing staff and how this is makeing negative inpact.

26. Investigate why 500 Children were illegally forced out of vital drug treatment

Over the past few months alcohol and drug treatment programs in the inner cities of Los Angeles have been "reviewed" by the State of California Department of Health Care Services and as a result have been "temporarily" suspended.

These "reviews” have not been audits or investigations and no wrong doing has been found, however, the programs all received a letter stating they are being investigated for fraud and their ability to continue to deliver vital substance abuse services has been abruptly stopped!

Our program was servicing a total 500 youth on a daily basis with substance abuse, anger, cutting and other moderate to severe conditions that were immediately stopped as a result of the State’s illegal action of cutting Federally mandated programs under the guise of “cracking down on Medi-Cal fraud”.

We have parents who have reported to us that investigators have gone to their homes and told them not to go to the program and have even asked them what their immigration status is, (more than 80% of our students are Hispanic) creating major fear within these parents and stopping these students from receiving the services they so sorely needed.
We have refused to take the direction of both the State and the County of Los Angeles to shut our doors, leaving no place for our students to receive needed services. Instead, we continue to deliver, without the funding to which we are entitled under our County contract, despite Federal law, which states the government must pay for substance abuse services to any agency which delivers them when requested by a potential client.

There is quite a bit of media proclaiming rampant fraud within substance abuse centers but no one is talking about the truth about the important work these agencies are delivering each and every day. Our students deserve to be seen and heard and we are standing as advocates for them and for all those in our community struggling with substance abuse issues, needing effective help to assist them as they work to turn their lives around.

Your help is needed to get our elected officials to take a serious look at this matter and to make calls to the head of the Dept of Health Care Services and to the Chief of the Medical Review Board of the Dept of Health Care Services. These executives must be held accountable and must actually investigate fraud and not simply accuse agencies and shut them down without a full investigation to prove wrong doing.

Please reach out to the following:

Senator Rod Wright
323.751.6900

Assemblyman Isadore Hall
(310) 223-1201

Assemblyman Steve Bradford
(310) 412-6400

Toby Douglas
Director Department of Health Care Services
Contact: 916-440-7500
Contact: 916-440-7660

Mark P. Mimnaugh
Chief Medical Review Board
916-440-7549
Mark.Mimnaugh@dhcs.ca.gov

Please pass this along to all who care for the youth of our communities.

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwqngheoJ1OtNGg1RVZRMjVqX2M/edit?usp=sharing

27. Stop Over Medicating Mental Health Patients

Carole spent the last two and a half years of her life in a secure unit against her wishes and the wishes of myself, Carole's next of kin. She was over medicated to the point that she could no longer perform even the most basic tasks like, eating and going to the toilet.

She was denied the right to make her own decisions on her future. All of the decisions made about her future care were made behind closed doors. Carole would be called in at the end to be told what her future held. She was also denied basic medical care which led to her death at the age of just 51.

Carole's health problem was a treatable one but, too many drugs in her system meant that no anethsetist would look at her. If she had been taken to see a medical doctor earlier she would still be here today.

28. Ban Synthetic Cannabis

At present synthetic cannabis also known as "herbal incense" is being sold over the counter by at least 5 shops here in Bendigo and also being delivered after hours by another service.

This drug/poison is 10 times stronger than THC and carries with it a much higher risk of physical and mental damage to the user, yet is legally being sold to kids as young as 15.

29. Advocating for more rights for families of mental health patients

So many people today are affected, either directly or indirectly, by mental illness. Many times, patients suffering from mental illness are being helped or taken care of by family members. Unfortunately, family members have no rights when it comes to assisting with the treatment of their family members or gaining information for this treatment.

Families are often left in the dark when it comes to treatment plans for their loved ones. A plan has been put into place that allows, among many other things, to let families play an active role in the treatment of these patients.

By signing this petition, you are supporting the adoption and continued support of the Olmstead Plan for Mental Health and Disability Services: State Plan Framework. For mor information on this Plan, please visit http://iowamhdsplan.org/

Thank you for your support of our case.

30. Save our Time Out program

In Cairns, the Time Out Program www.mytimeout.org.au has been a major resource for young people (15 – 25 years) with a mental illness and has provided a critical and much needed Residential and outreach support service.

The Time Out program is delivered in a 24-hour, short term, safe environment. The Time Out House is non-institutional, non-clinical and managed 24/7 by a team of dedicated and qualified mental health support workers.

Support workers assist participants to improve their mental health and well being and then work alongside them to successfully help integrate them back into the community. This is achieved through access to education, employment and housing. Participants are also provided with ongoing outreach support to maintain their progress.

In summary, The Time Out Program has been a crucial service for the Cairns community, reducing in-patient stay for young people by following an early intervention approach.

In the 3 years the service has operated it has:
• Provided short term accommodation to 38 young people;
• Provided support to over 100 young people in the outreach program;
• Made a real difference in the lives of young people & their families.