But it’s not a real illness!!!..Stand up to the stigma.

Is your disability being denied by your employer or their insurers? Don’t let them get away with it.

Denying the existence of mental illness and trivialising it’s effect on your ability to work is the application of stigma. It is discrimination and a source of harassment. It should not happen in 2015.

You need to;

  • not accept the stigma, do not doubt your illness.
  • get organised and quickly.
  • seek support to strengthen your position.
  • seek advice from your Union or ACAS.
  • contact Mind.
  • not give your antagonists the benefit of the doubt, take action.

If your illness is long term then it should be regarded as a disability. Remind your employer that they should make reasonable adjustments. Equality Act 2010: “a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” Your doctor will be able to advise you about this.

If your employer’s health insurance provider denies a claim you must appeal the decision and, if the appeal is denied, make a complaint to the Finance Ombudsman.

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