A CRUEL CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR MANY: H.M.G.’s Gulag Project by Omission. This testament from the BBC really resonates with me. Fortunately I’m not subject to the UK Governments cruel benefits system. However in my work with Moving Forward Group I frequently hear similar stories from people who can’t work due to the disability caused by… Read More A CRUEL CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR MANY
IDAHOBIT: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2018. On the 19th of May 2018 Moving Forward was invited to be a part of the annual; IDAHOBIT event in Bradford. During the event Moving Forward facilitators were invited to host a stall and promote the organisation and the various groups that are run by Moving… Read More Moving Forward at IDAHOBIT 2018.
Denial of the disability caused by anxiety & depression causes great harm to vulnerable people. Sanctioning those enduring poor mental health is like stopping the wages of Jobcentreplus staff because they can’t fly! The recommendation of reports commissioned by the Government, and the experience of Moving Forward Facilitators is that many Jobcentre Plus Work Coaches… Read More UK Benefits: Denial of the disability of poor mental health
So what is Moving Forward really about? It’s about real insight, changing life, belonging to a community within society – membership, continuing support, bottom up design of services, the leadership of peers & personal development towards peer group leadership. In the world of mental health this paradigm is often called “the user movement” with a… Read More One of those paradigms!
Mental Health stigma is still a major issue. Poor mental health is often due to relationships and how you are treated in those relationships – an employees relationship with their employer is very important. It can cause poor mental health effects in either direction. It is a very important part of everyone’s mental health for… Read More Mental health at work is very much an issue for everyone.
I’m back at work after six months off. There was three months off last year too. Certain pressures of work combined with chronic anxiety have put me through two years of dreadful depression. I want to work and my employer wants me to work too. It’s been a rough road for both parties and I… Read More Moving Forward & back to work.
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;… Read More But it’s not a real illness!!!..Stand up to the stigma.
Last year and this year I had two extended periods off work due to the worst bout of depression I have suffered yet. It began in about December 2013. I was off work from May-August 2014, and April-September 2015. However I’m still very ill with it and every minute is a fight. My employer has… Read More When Rehabilitation turns bad…
Depression is a cyclic experience. Larger cycles through your life as it hits you hard over the years. Large cycles as it looms in your face but you dodge it somehow. Small cycles of bad and good days or weeks. Even smaller cycles as it torments you with a few hours of one of its… Read More …but you said you were feeling better back in June!