This is part of a concerted campaign in the UK to seek support for patients suffering difficulties with drug dependence to antidepressants and benzodiazepines. Stevie Lewis has submitted a petition to the Welsh Government which compliments the petition to the Scottish Parliament which is progressing through the Petition Committee stages at the moment. Health is a devolved issue in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We are also awaiting the results of ongoing negotiations between the British Medical Association and the Department of Health in London re a helpline and website for prescription drug dependence.
The petition is open for signatures until the end of October. Anyone can sign from any country. Thank you for your support.
On closer inspection you are right they do appear to be referring to written petitions as opposed to the on-line variety but I note that they do talk about on-line petitions elsewhere though they don't go into details about how you start one.
There is a telephone number for the Clerk of the House of Representatives (04) 817 9999 perhaps they could help. We've had a lot of guidance from clerks at the Scottish Parliament, they've been very helpful. There is also an email address - Petitions@parliament.govt.nz - and for Copies of a Guide to "Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee" - www.parliament.nz. I hope that's of help to you nz. You would probably benefit from having someone to collaborate with because I appreciate this is quite a task for one person. I know that revealing you identity wouldn't be an easy decision to take.
You may have seen this video from Ian Singleton a withdrawal adviser at the Bristol Tranquilliser Project but he is clear that antidepressant withdrawal can be as prolonged if not more so than a benzo withdrawal. Given our prescribing rates for antidepressants I can see this being an ongoing problem in the future. Take care.