Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. So for one week each May, Mental Health charities and organisations across the UK campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Day. Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, groups such as Mental Health Foundation have raised awareness of topics like stress, relationships, loneliness, poor sleep and alcohol abuse. Hundreds of schools, businesses and communities have come together to start conversations around mental health that can change and even save lives. This year, with your support, we want to reach more people than ever.

In the last 7 and a half years Fightback4justice have been assisting people with their welfare benefits, we have found on average around two thirds of these claimants experience some issues with their mental health. This may be in the form of moderate anxiety, panic attacks, Bipolar Disorder, depression, OCD, paranoia, PTSD or schizophrenia, the list is endless.  We believe the we have dealt with every Mental Health condition over the years and most of our clients have been successful in gaining their awards eventually.  It is also often the case that a claimant suffers from Anxiety, Depression or Agoraphobia as a result of their physical limitations and chronic pain or even as a result of side effects from their medication.


We ado deal with lots of people with mental health conditions alone, many refused ESA or PIP often because they do not actively have Mental Health support. Often this is because resources are notoriously limited and funding low for any mental health services throughout the UK. Often there can be a long wait to see someone or for an assessment, or sometimes we find that when someone is finally seen by a Mental Health service, a person is then limited as to how many sessions are given, or limited in the resources they can use.

That should not be the end of the road and there other ways to gain evidence and also it is possible to self refer for some services that can help and this is explained in our step by step Fightback Factsheets.


In some areas we are finding that many people are falling through cracks in the benefit assessment system and people with complex mental health conditions can be left to try and navigate on their own, as well as attempt to manage the stress of losing their benefit payments or having no support. We are told that ESA/PIP and Universal credit is often stopped as a result of lack of Community Mental Health input, or lack of anti anxiety or antidepressant medication, meaning that a person can be found fit for work, or refused PIP.

We witness that The DWP traditionally tends to give short awards to claimant’s with mental health conditions, often working on the assumption that how this affects a person can change quickly with CBT, therapy, counselling or a change in medication, often ignoring the fact that people with mental health conditions may often be isolated and avoid seeking the help they need owing to social anxiety.


In support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we have opened up a number of our Mental Health resources and factsheets for anyone who may benefit from them. These resources include a selection of our popular Well Completed Forms for a variety of mental health conditions and our Information Factsheets relating to Mental Health and list of free resources available.

Further support is available to everyone by calling our General Advice lines where you will be able to speak with a member of our team who can assist you with your claim. If you struggle with the phone you can also email Fightback advocates for advice.


Mental Health and Debt Guide (Money Saving Expert) 

Planning a Journey with Mental Health Conditions 

Well Completed ESA Form: Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Kerocotonus

Well Completed ESA MR: PTSD, Effects of Prison and Mental Health 

Well Completed ESA50 Form: Mental Cognitive Functions 

Example Diary: Schizophrenia

Well Completed PIP MR: Mood Disorder, Schizophrenic Traits and Borderline Personality Disorder.

Well Completed PIP Submission: Schizoaffective Disorder, Depression, Osteoarthritis, Asthma and Fibromyalgia

Well Completed PIP Submission: Severe Depression and Anxiety

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