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  1. Can anyone tell me where I can find the exact criteria for this please? There's no information on my local council website. I've looked on some other council websites, some mention ESA and others don't. (they mainly talk about DLA, IB & IS - the latter don't exist for new claims for disability) Some say something about social functioning and intelligence. Someone did once tell me that IQ is relevant - mine is impossible to work out as I differ so much in various areas.
  2. I have just received a form to fill in from ATOS for my migration from income support to ESA. Please can someone recommend any websites or information about how best to make points relevant to mental illness on the form ?? Also, is there a list on a website somewhere of how they score points from this form so that you can get an idea of where you stand? I have had a look at the form and am finding it overwhelming. Thanks for any help.
  3. Hello Everyone, I am writing to request the help and opinion of anyone on this forum in regards to a problem that I am facing right now. I will cut to the chase - I work for a large international company and recently stopped working due to a diagnosed mental illness. I have been seen by GP and have been referred on to see psychiatric specialists who I am now under the care of. In addition to this I am also taking prescribed medication as part of my treatment program. In my contract of employment it states that I am entitled to sick pay and gives the amount I will be entitled to and the duration I can expect to receive it for. However, I have been informed by my HR department that I am not entitled to sick pay based on the condition that I have been signed off with. I do not want to disclose what the condition is in open forum; however, I can advise that the medical community would class it as a serious mental illness. My employer has failed to publicise what conditions it pays sick pay for and makes no reference to any form of qualifying criteria in my contract of employment. In short, I believe that I am being discriminated against because I have a mental illness and I would really appreciate the advice and thoughts of others. Best wishes, Time to shine
  4. Hello, apologies if I get something wrong - first post. I've tried to read the FAQ but mental illness drugs have left me with the concentration span of a gnat (that may be insulting to gnats, amoeba maybe?!) I've lost a year of my life to a misdiagnosed mental illness and the ensuing drugs which left me in a lithium-induced coma like state. Meanwhile, I've garnered a lot of financial problems (including CCJs) albeit the one thing I've managed to get a temporary agreement on is my mortgage. Is there an optimal charity for complex debt (there's a company failure in there too) please? I can't handle this on my own, especially as I fear sliding back into depression.. already overwhelmed Many thanks in advance for your kind assistance
  5. This is a free 45-page PDF booklet supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, for people with mental health problems and those caring for them. It covers how to handle debts when unwell, work with banks, free debt counselling, specific tips for bipolar disorder or depression sufferers, whether to declare a condition and more. This guide is not only aimed at people experiencing mental health problems, but friends, family and carers who want to help them tackle their finances. It was written with guidence from several leading charities, including Mind, Rethink, Christians Against Poverty and others. Throughout the guide, there are tips to start taking small steps to cut your debt. We have used real-life case studies. We've included them to illustrate that you are not alone. Hopefully their experiences of escaping from debt may give you hope that you can do the same. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/cards/mental-health-guide
  6. BBC news headlines on the net, hope it's ok to post this, do you think they would pass the atos medical for ESA???? MPs Charles Walker and Kevan Jones tell of mental health issues Charities praised Charles Walker and Kevan Jones for their speeches Continue reading the main story Related Stories Mental health must be 'destigmatised' Listen MPs 'should admit mental health issues' Watch Two MPs have spoken out about their mental health problems in an effort to break the "taboo" around the issue. Tory MP Charles Walker told MPs he was a "practising fruitcake" as he described how he had lived with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for more than 30 years. His Labour colleague Kevan Jones told of his battle with depression and the "difficult" decision to speak out. The pair earned praise from charities for their "historic" speeches. MPs were told by Lib Dem Health Minister Paul Burstow that mental health was a "taboo subject" - even though one in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives. Speaking about his own experiences with OCD, Mr Walker, MP for Broxbourne, said: "On occasions it is manageable and, on occasions, it becomes quite difficult. It takes you to some quite dark places. "I operate by the rule of four. So I have to do everything in evens. "I have to wash my hands four times. I have to go in and out of a room four times. My wife and children often say I resemble an extra from Riverdance as I bounce in and out of a room." Anti-stigma campaign Mr Jones, MP for Durham North, said he had "thought very long and hard" about whether to speak publicly about his mental health problems. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote If it helps other people who have suffered from depression in the past - good” Kevan Jones Labour MP "In 1996 I suffered from quite a deep depression related to work issues and other things going on in my life at that moment," he said in the Commons. "Like a lot of men, you try and deal with it yourself. You don't talk to people. I just hope you realise, Mr Speaker, what I'm saying is very difficult right now." He said it was important to talk about mental health in Parliament because "we are... in politics designed to admit that somehow if you admit fault or frailty you are going to be looked upon in a disparaging way, in terms of both the electorate and your peers as well". He "didn't know" whether his admission would affect how people viewed him or his career prospects but added: "I actually don't care now because if it helps other people who have suffered from depression in the past - good." He said funding should be made available for MPs suffering from mental health problems to get treatment. Mr Walker and Mr Jones were both praised for the speeches by Time to Change, a mental health anti-stigma campaign run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Campaign director Sue Baker said: "This will go down in the history books as we have never before seen our political leaders and Parliamentarians feel able to discuss their mental health problems openly without fear of discrimination. "We want people from all walks of life to be able to do the same and it's great to see politicians making a stand." Mr Burstow told MPs his department is ploughing millions of pounds into helping people with mental health problems.
  7. On the ESA50 form question 11 asks about a persons ability to learn new tasks. If someone has depression and anxiety and has a good IQ and although sometimes could learn somthing new but due to severe depression and/or anxiety struggles to do more than be awake almsot all the time, how should that question be answered? Technically the person has the ability to learn a new task but in reality is not going to be able to be in the position of needing to if that makes sense. There are many questions on the ESA50 that have the same dilemma and I'm hoping answers can reveal how to answer the all. Thanks.
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