75% of claimants that we deal with on a weekly basis are suffering from a Mental Health condition in one way or another. This may be in the form of Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, OCD, Paranoia, PTSD or Schizophrenia. The list is endless. Throughout the 5 years of Fightback’s existence, we believe the we’ve dealt with almost every Mental Health condition and successfully assisted hundreds of claimants with their claims to the DWP. It is often the case that claimants suffer with Anxiety, Depression or Agoraphobia as a result of their physical limitations and pain or side effects from medication.
We deal with lots of people with just mental health conditions, lots are refused ESA or PIP when they do not actively see specialists or have a mental health community worker, however as resources are notoriously limited and funding low for mental health services throughout the UK often it is a long wait of up to 18 months in some areas to see someone or for assessment and often when you do see someone you are limited as to how many sessions you can have or the resources you use. There are other ways to gain evidence and self refer and our Factsheets explain this, often if you are on a waiting list this can be enough evidence as long as you can evidence this.
In some areas people with mental health conditions have fell through the cracks and even when referred they have been left to their own devices and found their benefits have stopped as a result of being found fit for work, or taken off pip because they cannot prove they still have ongoing issues with mental health.
The DWP traditionally give short awards, because they believe things can be miraculously cleared with CBT, Therapy, Counselling or Medication, often not recognising that those with these conditions cannot always seek the help they require.
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, we have opened up a number of our Mental Health resources for anyone who may benefit from them. These resources include a selection of our popular Well Completed Form range and our Information Factsheet relating to Mental Health.
Additional support is available by calling our General Advice lines or VIP Contact Phone Number where you will be able to speak with a member of our team who can assist you with your claim.