Tag Archives: Disability

Isolation, anxiety and ableism

So although the UK isn’t technically on lockdown the way a number of other European countries are, most people are beginning to find out what it’s like to spend a lot of time at home. The over-70s and people with … Continue reading

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Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to work I – oh :(

Recently I decided that I was ready to get a job. Aside from the freelance stuff I did a couple of years ago, I haven’t worked for a long time. The last time I worked for an employer was in … Continue reading

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Why don’t people with mental health problems just get a job?

Last week I went to the House of Lords, something I found quite intimidating. Thankfully I was supported by a member of Rethink campaigns team in giving oral evidence to a Parliamentary Review. Chaired by Lord Low of Dalston, the Review was … Continue reading

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While the tide is out: human resources for mental health #HR4MH

This is a transcript of a talk given at the human resources for mental health event held on 05/02/2013. To find out more, go to Twitter #HR4MH Let me start by telling you a little bit about me. On paper, … Continue reading

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To tell, or not to tell

I’ve seen a lot of discussion recently about the disclosure of mental health problems at work. Should you? Shouldn’t you? If you do decide to disclose, how should you do it – and when? In your application? At interview? After … Continue reading

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Obesity behind the blinds

It’s been a bad few of months for me as disabled benefit scrounger (I guess I still qualify since I am unemployed and don’t have any regular income source other than DLA). First of all there was George Osborn’s October … Continue reading

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One degree of separation – there is no “them” and “us”

103,545 people on Facebook like “I hate benefit scrounging work shy bastards.” What separates them from benefit claimants? One event beyond their control. One departmental downsizing One ruptured blood vessel One car accident that you couldn’t prevent One expected baby … Continue reading

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The uncomfortable truth

Today I went into work for the first time in six months. 1st April will mark a year since the first day of my sick leave, and my employer needed to discuss my most recent Occupational Health report. The report … Continue reading

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Spoon theory, bipolar and self management: how it all fits together

Every seen Spoon Theory mentioned in blog posts, or noticed the Twitter hashtag #spoonie, and wonder what it all meant? When I first became aware of the concept, I erroneously assumed that it only applied to people with physical disabilities; … Continue reading

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Intimate details: claiming Disability Living Allowance

In my professional life, I have filled in countless benefit claim forms for clients. I have helped people obtain Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans, simply by arguing their case on paper or over … Continue reading

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