Petition Tag - suicide prevention

1. LIFELINE SUICIDE HOTLINE CLOSES, NT GOVERMENT REFUSES EXTRA FUNDING

Northern Territory has the highest suicide rate in the country. According to data collected the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2015 the Northern Territory saw 21 deaths per 100,000 people, "ONE IS ENOUGH."

Since 2006 the suicide rate has increased more than 38% and the rate of Indigenous Australians is 25.5 deaths per 100,000 people. Northern Territory have 35 fully trained volunteer councillors that have a basis of 700 phone calls a month.

2. 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/

3. 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.

4. Canada needs a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention

Canada is one of the few 1st world countries in the world who do not have government support in a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

Suicide is a major public health concern and our rates are continuing to rise. According to most recent Canadian statistics, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in those aged 15-45 and the 9th leading cause of death in all ages in Canada.

It is time to start taking serious action towards creating a plan, following through and reducing our rates of suicide.

5. Anti-suicide measures at the Hornsey Lane Bridge, N6

Since being built in 1900, the Hornsey Lane Bridge over the A1 (Archway Road) has had an unfortunate reputation throughout the UK as a suicide spot. Indeed, it is often called 'Suicide Bridge', and it has been reported that there have been ongoing deaths from jumping here over the years. Indeed, at the end of 2010 three men jumped to their deaths in as many weeks, leaving grieving families and friends.

There are several solutions to this problem, and we have been calling for:

1. A free 'SOS' phone to the Samaritans to be reinstalled and maintained on the bridge.

2. Permanent signs to be erected on the bridge regarding sources of help, including alerting people to the free-phone.

3. A net, as designed and tested by engineering company Teutonic Global, to be fixed under the bridge. This would catch anyone who jumped, making it impossible to die from jumping at this spot.

Haringey Council have said that they will not be taking any action despite the death toll mounting. We believe that this is unacceptable, and that the cost of implementing these measures (the net will cost approximately £95,000), is far outweighed by the cost of the road closure, police time, coroner's inquest and report, and ongoing counselling for families and witnesses each time a death occurs at this notorious spot.

We call on Haringey Council to coordinate the above solutions in order to finally end the deaths of desperate people at the Hornsey Lane Bridge.

6. More Resources and Funding for Suicide Prevention and Awareness

I have been living with mental illness for over 20 years and have received little to no help to date. I have attempted suicide resulting in hospitalization, only to be sent home within days with no follow up treatment or referrals.

I am repeatedly told of the lack of funding and facilities available, so I have to just "get over it". This is NOT good enough! Something must be done NOW! How many lives have to be lost before action is taken?!