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Hi, my name is lvdayx!

lvdayxlvdayx Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi, I have an anxiety disorder (G.A.D) particularly prone to polarised thinking and catastrophic thinking, I'm also dyslexic and I have Factor 5 Leidens mutation (blood clotting disorder). I've joined this community because I work full time and I think I am encountering some disability disctimination from management, which is making me feel pretty hopless right now. I'm a teacher and basically after finishing teaching at 5pm, this  year they've introduced some manditory overtime until 8pm (late evenings and some Saturdays to do promotional work for the school). I love my job, but by 5pm I'm wiped out from keeping my mental health in check all day in a high pressured and sometimes explosive job dealing with student drama. I take meds which help, but they come with their own side effects too. So by 5pm I'm so fatigued, headaches, my thinking slows, my speech can slur etc that I need the evening to rest and recover from the day, so I am ready to come in fresh the day after. But I can't keep up with the additional duties they have imposed upon us this year and get adequate time to recover in the evening at the same time. After meeting with management and explaing this, they don't even try to understand, instead they just reiterate that it is my contractual obligation. I feel like I'm about to lose a job which I love so much and that I'm really good at because I can't devote the additional time to them to help with their promotional days. Feeling very isolated and that I can no longer live up to the role of the job I love. 

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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,645 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lvdayx and welcome to the community! Sorry to hear what has been happening and your feelings of isolation. I have no experience of disability discrimination within employment therefore I'm not sure how to advise. Although, i am here to listen :) Some of our community members have been in a similar situation as yourself, and I'm sure they will be along soon to share their experience and advise. 
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • emmarenshawemmarenshaw Member Posts: 712 Pioneering
    Hello @lvdayx  , a warm welcome to the community. So sorry to hear of your troubles. Would it be helpful to talk to the Scope Team about how you are feeling? I’m going to tag @Adrian_Scope just incase you need any support.
  • chiariedschiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 8,654 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @lvdayx - Welcome to the community. I'm very saddened to read about the problems you're facing at work due to these extra hours you've been asked to do.
    There's some information here on Scope's website about difficulties at work. The first is about 'Reasonable adjustments': https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/work-careers/reasonable-adjustments/
    The second about 'Discrimination at work:
    Perhaps this information may help.
    I'll also ask my friend @thespiceman as he will have additional insight & resources to advise about your anxiety.

  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello  @lvdayx    Pleased to meet you.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

    I am sorry to hear that you having a lot of problems with your employers.

    I am one of the team of community champions.

    We guide, advise and help members of our community.

    Please can I thank my friend @chiarieds for contacting myself.

    I am sure that you need to speak first to any Union Representation you have.

    I am aware there are certain aspects of any one with any disability, illness condition

    There has to be adjustments for their disability , illness or condition.

    I would advise speak to the following the links I have provided for you.

    https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.

    Telephone 020 7697 3300

    This is a mental health charity. Can help with your anxiety must add do have employment advisors and welfare.

    Often will look at your current situation see how they best support you.

    They might suggest signposting you to any relevant in house advisors with your problems.

    Know myself helped with jobcentre issues I had escorted me and offering advocate.

    They should be in your areas.

    https://www.mind.org.uk.

    Telephone 0300 123 3393

    https://www.rethink.org.

    Telephone 0121 522 7007

    This last one is an advocate service will help with any problems . Such as this.  Speak on your behalf .   Represent you deals with Mental health services but would probably intervene here.

    I have some other links useful to consider.

    https://www.lawsociety.org.uk.

    In case you need some legal advice .

    https://www.disabiltyrights.org.uk.

    Please if you wish to ask anything further .

    Please get in touch.

    Please your are not alone.

    Please take care.

    @thespiceman









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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,970

    Scope community team

    Hi @lvdayx and welcome to the community. There's a couple of links posted in this thread that should be useful, but it might be worth getting in touch with EASS.
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
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