Another blog post re-share from Summer Shines Studio Blog. This time the post is about as titled “DISCRIMINATION- PIP.”
A reminder for readers that are new here and don’t know, but before I started writing this blog, for several years I was on DLA which I was given for life. This is because I am deaf.
But as I have blogged about and I am not alone in this from reading elsewhere in different places, regardless I had DLA for life and those others affected, I had to apply for PIP when the time came. By this point, as well as discussing my deafness, I also had to discuss my mental health.
To cut this long conversation short, as I have some blog posts here on my blog already on the topic, so please catch up there on those if needed, I was not awarded PIP.
I did not appeal because it is stressful enough alone, but also I had a lot going on in my life with the loss of my cousin and her husband after they got run over, to finding out what an ex was truly like, that triggered me. I did not appeal, because I wanted to keep my sanity, with knowing I was finally getting out of my old work place, to start a new one and I wanted to make sure mentally, I was going to start that job!
Fast forward and as I blogged, after seeing the points system that is used, as a deaf person alone, there was no way I was going to get it for my deafness and as for my report with my mental health on top, I felt stigma in that report because of how it was written how I had a job. Even though you can apply for PIP, while you are working.
If you are deaf, for deafness alone, you are not going to get it. I could say more about my report, but I shan’t. Instead, just read and share the above post link, because it says it all, that many have experienced while claiming PIP. Discrimination and stigma!
The video on the link is unfortunately not subtitled, so I could not follow everything she said. But no doubt it is all what we have felt at some point when being interviewed, or worse.
Do take a look at this post over at Summer Shines Studio Blog and while you are there, re-share this post: GUEST POST- DIAMOND PEOPLE. Lets help spread awareness to those in mental health that the right words are important, as not to break someone.
A blog post share, called “Shhh… That is stigma,” by Susan Walz, at The Bipolar Writer. Susan Walz writes to share how damaging telling someone to Shhh can be, when talking about your own mental illness and not feeling supported.
You will find her post here: https://jamesedgarskye.com/2018/05/27/shhh-that-is-stigma/
I felt I needed to share this as I have heard some of these be said to, like for example that “depression is a choice,” when actually this is not true. Depression is not a choice, because if it was, we would not want it. So to debunk these myths and to help spread awareness, this is why I share this post, that will take you to The Blurt Foundation post.
We need to talk about mental health, to help break the stigma. Talking about mental health, should be as easy as talking about a broken bone.
Over the years, because people talk about mental health more openly, it has got better, but there is still more way to go. Little things happen around the world, that show we are not quite there yet and treated the same as a broken bone for example. There is still stigma in the workplace, for example. There are still times we feel we cannot speak to certain people about it.
Just because mental health is different to a broken bone, doesn’t mean we are not in great pain with it.
Anyone can be affected by mental health at sometime in their life, whether you are rich, or poor. Mental health affects us all differently, so you cannot compare. But those of us that have some kind of mental health difficulty can show empathy to the next one, because we feel that pain.
I hope by me blogging and sharing my own personal experiences, it helps the next person, as well as spreading awareness. I am aware my blog does do this, as I have been told several times in some way.
Please don’t treat someone with mental health differently. We don’t expect you to understand, but just listening can help. Listening is the most important tool.
#blurtselfcareathon #theblurtfoundation #mentalhealth #selfcare
Something I came across Facebook and I wanted to share here. There are many illnesses that are invisible, but because they are invisible, it does not mean our invisible illness are not easy. It does not make them any less.
Just some examples of invisible illnesses are:
- mental illness
- hearing loss
- Crohn’s disease
As I have mentioned, this is just a short list and there are many other invisible illnesses.