Hello @Poppet09 Pleased to meet you welcome.
Sorry this has happened.
You have come to the right place for support and information .
I am one of the team of community champions. We advise, and help new members who join the forum.
I am my self have mental health issues.
I do know you can appeal the decision we have lots on our website.
My guidance would be try to get some support with your appeal. Do you have any one supporting you.?
Support worker or member of a crisis team. They should be advising you and supporting you through all of this.
If you do not have a support worker . Speak to your Doctor about getting some one who may help your with your mental health.
I used charities. Used this one last time might be useful.
Can help with wellbeing,health plus benefits and assessments.
Something to consider.
Speak to CAB would be advisable as well. They have expertise and knowledge on benefits and would help you.
Please if you wish to ask anything else be happy to help. Be supportive.
Please take care.
Hello @Poppet09 Thank you for reply. Yes there will be lots of our members going through similar experiences to your self.
I mentioned the link to the charity concerned. Because of two reasons. First one they can help with your wellbeing and health.
No matter how you are with your mental health. Even if you had support from mental health teams from your County Council.
I have several times. I know if you need additional support. It is not working. Anything you get.
Then you need to evaluate your own health needs. You are in control remember .
You have the right to good mental health and wellbeing. Does matter if your being not listened to or not getting any where to maintain your conditions.
Second reason is they have the charity. Have support worker or outreach workers. Can help with attending assessments. Speak up for you. Give you advice and guidance on any thing benefits.
Can help with appeals. Help and continuous wellbeing is so important.
I have mental health issues a long time. Also knowledge and education is so important. Still learning.
Happy to say hopefully CAB will advise you give you some support. You mentioned appointments.
Please can I also add you need to say this on your appeal the reasons why. Called a Mandatory Reconsideration we have lots of information on our website.
I know this hard . Understand all of this been doing the assessments a long time over twenty plus years on going still.
Lost my car on one of them but have moved on.
Feel for you and the anxiety.
Please consider all the options and advice on our website. If I can help further be happy to listen. Be supportive.
Keep in touch.
Hello @Craig72 Please can I ask how can I help with anything.?
You mentioned you can not take it any more.
Please can I ask how can we guide and advise you.
I know mentioned the system the whole certain aspects are not helping you.
I do understand.
Please if I can apologise this about me. Being on benefits a long time.
I have had like every one been through a lot. Had numerous knockbacks, especially from the benefit system and from certain organisations who should have been there.
Too numerous too mention. What I know filled with similar stories and I go way back to early eighties. Claiming benefits. Shock to me and my self even then.
Then to work eventually after so long had issues and problems. Ended up ill and with addiction and mental health.
Beaten addiction now focusing on the positives.
I know there are bad times, good times with anything. Especially the conveyor belt system I had for a long time. Been claiming since early nineties.
Where your declared fit at an assessment go to appeal , tribunal lose and then after two years . Around again. Then declared unfit and then again round we go again another two years as previously declared fit .
Endured that for a long time. Went on various courses, gained knowledge.
Experience on worthless will not employ schemes. Every two weeks used to say to me these company bosses if you stay another two weeks will employ you. Till the day got welfare support and employment advisor bought in.
That all changed sacked me on the spot. Yet this was me.
As I continued on. Had days of emotion , heartbreak. Struggle on. Found my faith again.
Which does help me enormously. Do not have to be religious to believe . Go to church or pray. Know there are always some one who needs a helping hand.
Talking of faith many faith based organisations often have there own welfare support and advisors.. Often useful.
Mental health support and disability advisors.
Universal credit sorry to hear about that. I know it is distressing for you and difficult.
All I know we as a community need to share and care. Need to look at how we can help each other.
Please can I ask what would you like to happen? What changes and adaptions to being on benefit what would you like to be.?
Do you need help with finances or do you need help with your conditions. Disability or mental health.?
I only ask because if you have some idea how to deal with the problems and issues you can try to move forward.
Many organisations ask you this. As I have found out sometimes to my own cost.
Mental health, disability both effected by my sense of saying no.
Reasons I had knockbacks realise that now.
Something I am trying to come to terms with. Now have to say to others.
Sit down make a some sort of plan and some small goals for yourself. Does not have to difficult something you can cope with.
I am only saying this because spent too many times. Thinking to go get the benefits I wish to live on and rely on. Only to find by Friday cut me off.
Had no Money or benefits at all for three weeks to a month sometimes.
Have to put things into place in case this happens. I am extreme difficult to work out and am cautious but no one can hurt and harm me.
Plan every day or every week. Have to . Home has to be like a business run like it. Strict controls on everything. Do a lot on line.
Have a folder of organisations, association support if I need it. Contact them . Write down what you need and require from each one.
Make a script when ringing. Does help.
Look on line. For your area.
Be aware of what is available.
I do not have the answers. I am not being clever or just being me.
Care and have concern about people I see every day on this forum. Wish I could do more I often say.
One time had a salary a job to rely on. Used to drive now lost that.
Through the Motability scheme for twenty years. Now changed a lot.
All I am saying it hurts like hell used to now just think. Well had that now lets try and move forward . What can I achieve today.
Please I hope this does help. Because I have been there and still walk a mile in shoes. For members of our community.
Pleasure to meet you.
Hello @Aura Please can I advise I know wrote a lot to @Craig72. I wanted to share my experiences. Give the gentleman some positivity. Be supportive..
Yet I just wanted to add that I do focus and have had positivity. On the good assessments that have got myself results.
From the benefit system and need to say. Yes I lost certain aspects.
To make my life a little more difficult but I am here.
Please if I can make one important comment. Seek help and guidance in the whole process. Often accessing that can be very useful.
Make notes . Use the Benefit information we have make use of it. Use it for reference.
Another aspect of the whole benefit system is that a lot of members are successful. I am and was on many times.
What did help me was firstly have a idea of what to expect. Pretend your going for a job interview. You do not just go in and sit down. You find out about the company, rehearse any points you may like to raise.
Same here. When you get any forms . Usually come with booklets what to expect. Make notes. Use them, keep copies of any forms. Get those anyway after filing in.
Libraries do that for you or speak to CAB.
CAB are very informative, tell you how it is. Use them. For form filling in forms and additional signposting. Simple questions to ask get an answer.
Grateful for advice and guidance always.
Find if you can help and guidance if you have a disability or condition or illness. Always a organisation or support group. Have a look on line.
Please ask the forum if you having problems. Finding any.
I suggested this because had mental health support they came with me. Had support worker put in a report and speak for me.
That is good to have. I use a friend now and that does help.
The whole system we know of the stories the issues and problems. I am here every day being part of the community champions team.
Being supportive, addressing and be advising our members.
Have time for every one.
The assessors are doing a role which many have critical of and like every role. There are good and bad assessors.
We as a community hear this all the time. Feel for every one who has had that. As I have as well . Also had good assessors who took the time to evaluate the information and gave me the right result. Add to that in the interview assessment was pleasant.
I only had objections to any physical assessment. Because you can do this. Says in the booklet. So do not.
You have a voice to say how you are. Keep it short sentences no rambling. Write a script before hand any points keep it simple and relevant.
Think what you are going to say.
Look at the form you have the copy and any descriptors.
All I can say please apply. Please if you need any guidance and advice be happy to help.
Understand the difficulties for every one.
I still get the anxiety sweats every time. Any body would.
Your be fine and just to reassure you are not alone.
Wishing you well for a positive outcome