Tag Archives: Disability

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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