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Hi, my name is FrankV!

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FrankV
FrankV Community member Posts: 23 Connected
Hi all, I am a mature adult male suffering with a long term severe anxiety and depression disorder which also satisfies the basic legal test for being classified as a disability, a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. My classification came as a surprise to me, but since then I have realised the extent to which I have been subjected to disability discrimination, both at work and in the public services. Since 2018 I have been pursuing 2 legal battles, both of which have so far failed dismally due to the ignorance regarding mental health, unconscious prejudice from Justice's involved and a lack of support from the wider community. I have come to realise just how poorly the disabled community as a whole, ie 14+million people in the UK are affected by the lack of knowledge and understanding with regards to rights and legislation, even amongst the peers themselves. I have not been successful in securing any form of legal assistance, and those whom I have approached are vehemently against even making an effort to help, despite what is written in legislation. Nevertheless, onwards and upwards I am determined not to let the system get the better of me or indeed you! I'm so pleased to find myself here and to be able to join a community of people who need each other. 
Please do NOT signpost me to the general charities which include MIND or SAMARITANS etc for help because that is a trigger for my anxiety. I know you mean well, but everyone is different and it just does not work for me, I've tried. 

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  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Community Co-Production Group, Scope Member Posts: 10,897 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there welcome to the community my name is Jaide also known as @durhamjaide2001 I'm so sorry your post has been left for a while but please note we do try and respond as soon as we can. 
  • Cher_Alumni
    Cher_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,741 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2023
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    Hello @FrankV and a warm welcome to our online community, how are you keeping today?

    I'm sorry your experience with the legal process has been so poor. I agree that most systems in place are complex and not designed for the average layperson to access and benefit from. However, you have come across a community of allies here, and we would love to get to know you better and learn about your lived experience.

    Please do make yourself at home, and perhaps take a browse through our different categories to see what interests you?

    Best wishes and I hope you have a lovely Thursday.
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  • FrankV
    FrankV Community member Posts: 23 Connected
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    @Cher_Scope many thanks for the warm welcome, I look forward to my journey to recovery and hope I find solace in my new found 'allies'. I hope to be able to contribute to the forum in order to learn and share positive reinforcement amongst the forgotten demographic. 
    Please do NOT signpost me to the general charities which include MIND or SAMARITANS etc for help because that is a trigger for my anxiety. I know you mean well, but everyone is different and it just does not work for me, I've tried. 
  • JBS2022
    JBS2022 Scope Member Posts: 2,075 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @FrankV welcome to the forum
    Life is better in a fishtank  🐟
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