International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (Simpol)
Simpol is an international association of citizens who understand that today’s global problems can only be solved through global cooperation. Simpol supporters across the world encourage cooperation by using their right to vote in a completely new way to drive politicians, parties, and eventually governments towards solving the most pressing global issues of our time, such as climate change, fair corporate taxation, mass migration and so on. By joining the Simpol campaign, citizens commit to giving strong voting preference at all future national elections to political candidates who have pledged to implement Simpol, to the probable exclusion of those who haven’t. Politicians who sign the Pledge thus enhance their chances of getting our votes while politicians who don’t risk losing out to those who do. Over 100 UK MPs from all parties and an increasing number in other countries have already signed the Pledge. But beyond offering a practical solution to global problems, Simpol offers a new way of looking at and understanding the world. It’s a new way to think and be. A way that brings clarity to the chaos; that transcends, includes, and heals in the midst of conflict, division and polarisation.
The IMH works with young people to share knowledge and generate ideas, recognising user experience as essential to shape, challenge and champion the work that they do. It also partners the Centre for Human Brain Health also based at the University, aimed at improving diagnosis and interventions using the state-of-the-art technology.
The strength of the IMH lies in its close collaboration with other academics and researchers, health partners and professionals, and charities and service providers. It is through this shared knowledge and understanding that it aims to make a lasting impact to improve the care and outcomes for young people suffering from problems in their mental health.
How does your organisation contribute to preventing suicide and supporting those affected by it?
Neoliberalism and destructive competition between nations is one of the main drivers of the chaos we see in the world today. This chaotic culture is profoundly demoralising, especially for young people, and prevents them from making sense of the world. Simpol and its analysis help people to find meaning and purpose amongst the chaos, so promoting mental well-being while providing a means of practical action.
What are your current priorities?
Helping people to understand the world we live in and to make sense of it.
What challenges are you currently facing?
Getting people to understand the global nature of the problems we face and the absolute necessity of greater international cooperation to solve them.