1,000 signatures - a huge milestone

My family and I are so grateful to you for all for signing and supporting this important petition. Reaching 1,000 signatures demonstrates how many are struggling and that we need to take action that results in practical help for users of antidepressants. This community has been instrumental in raising awareness and I can't thank you enough for your contribution.

I'm absolutely thrilled by the response so far but I want to press on, 1,000 supporters is fantastic but we need more. Please share this petition as widely as you can, share it on Twitter, share it on Facebook, share it on any groups or forums that you are a member of. Ask your family and friends to share it too. We need to demonstrate that this is an issue affecting many people who currently lack the support they need.

Thank you so much, onwards and upwards! #taperingkits


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Campaign Aims and CeP

Hello all, thank you again so much for the feedback and for promoting the petition, it's making a real difference and we are nearly at 950 signatures as I write.
 
I wanted to let you know that I now have some overall aims for the campaign to try and better explain to others what we are trying to do, briefly there are:

  1. Raise awareness of the difficulties users face when they want to stop taking psychoactive drugs.
  2. Encourage and support conversations between users, mental health professionals and policy-makers around this issue.
  3. Promote the idea of drug tapering kits and to encourage Pharmaceutical manufacturers to better support the users of their products.
Please continue to share the petition or my website among your family, friends and co-workers, even if others are not directly affected they probably know someone who is. If you have any ideas for further promotion then please do let me know.
 
Also, there is another important initiative which is well worth supporting, the Council for Evidence based Psychiatry (CEP) are asking people to write to their local MPs to raise the issue of dependence on prescription drugs. If this is something that you would like to do the following link will give you all the details...
 
http://cepuk.org/2016/09/21/support-campaign-recruit-mps-demand-national-helpline-prescribed-drug-dependence/

Thank you.

900 signatures

I continue to be amazed by the level of support this petition is receiving. I am so grateful to everyone who has shared, signed and commented so far.

I would like to mention the charity Animal Watch who have been so helpful in promoting the petition and giving me valuable campaigning advice. Please visit their website, they do fantastic work…

http://www.animalwatchuk.com

There have been some updates to my campaign website too, I have added an faq for those of you who may want to know more about tapering kits.

http://www.jfmoore.co.uk/styled-4/

If you have any suggestions for promoting this petition further then please let me know. My email is
promark747@ymail.com or you can contact me via the website www.jfmoore.co.uk

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Drugwatch.com

I’m really grateful to drugwatch.com for supporting my petition on Facebook and Twitter.

DrugWatch is a US based organisation that helps people injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices. They have a great deal of excellent information on drugs, side effects and user experiences.

Here is a link to the Facebook group…

https://www.facebook.com/DrugSideEffects/

This podcast is with Doctor Alexander Bingham who talks about drugs versus alternative therapies and is a must listen…

https://www.drugwatch.com/radio/mental-illness-drugs-alexander-bingham/

Here is a link to really helpful information on SSRI antidepressants and side effects…

https://www.drugwatch.com/ssri/

800 signatures, Facebook groups and Dr. Chris van Tulleken

Hi all, another update as we have now reached 800 signatures.

I am so grateful to everyone for their signatures and comments, I am humbled by the courage that comes across from the comments left by so many of you. It reminds me constantly of what an important issue this is and that there are a great many suffering in silence.

I also wanted to let those of you who have signed my petition that there are a couple of excellent Facebook groups that you can join to share your stories and get support from other like-minded users (please note that these are closed groups and you will need to request access from the administrator).

Dear Shona…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1797744060445923/

Paroxetine Paxil Seroxat SSRI Withdrawal…
https://www.facebook.com/groups/204732929546136/

I am also grateful to Dr. Chris van Tulleken (#thedoctorwhogaveupdrugs) for the support on Twitter, his programme is on BBC iPlayer and well worth watching.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07w532p/the-doctor-who-gave-up-drugs-episode-1

If you have any suggestions for promoting this petition further then please let me know. My email is
promark747@ymail.com or you can contact me via the website www.jfmoore.co.uk

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700 signatures

Thank you to everyone who has signed and left comments, we've now cracked 700 signatures on this important issue. I'm also really grateful to Beverley Callard (Liz from Corrie) for getting behind the petition on Twitter. Please help by encouraging others to sign
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600 signatures

Thank you to everyone for your signatures and your feedback, I am amazed and humbled by the courage shown in your comments. Please keep on promoting this petition to friends, family members and co-workers, let's keep pushing.

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500 Signatures

Fantastic news, because of all your efforts we are now over 500 signatures. Thank you so much for all of your support and thank you to those who have left comments, they really give perspective on what a big issue this is for users. Onwards and upwards!

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Healthcare professionals

I just wanted to say thank you to all the mental health professionals who have taken the time to sign this petition. It is great to see users and healthcare workers both backing this campaign.

Here are a couple of recent comments:

"I am a healthcare professional who is worried about the over prescription of psychotropics in mental health care, and the lack of support for those that do not wish to be on such drugs."

"I have worked in mental health for 30 years and know how desperately this is needed. It could save many lives."


Ben Goldacre

I'm so grateful to Dr. Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame for promoting my petition on Twitter…

Ben Goldacre
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