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PIP assessors assessing those with mental health issues NEED to be qualified in mental health

AliceinWonderland

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PIP assessors assessing those with mental health issues NEED to be qualified in mental health

I had a paramedic for my PIP face to face. I asked if she was trained in mental health. She said yes, but I don't expect it was more than brief awareness training. She wasn't a mental health professional.

There's a petition to call for this to be made a rule:

[**TRIGGER WARNING** link mentions suicide and suicidal thoughts in connection with the PIP process]

Petition . DWP: Mental Health Professionals To Do DWP PIP Assessments For Mental Illness #StopTheStressDWP . Change.org
 
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I had a paramedic for my PIP face to face. I asked if she was trained in mental health. She said yes, but I don't expect it was more than brief awareness training. She wasn't a mental health professional.

There's a petition to call for this to be made a rule:

[**TRIGGER WARNING** link mentions suicide and suicidal thoughts in connection with the PIP process]

Petition . DWP: Mental Health Professionals To Do DWP PIP Assessments For Mental Illness #StopTheStressDWP . Change.org
i signed though i didn't like navigating requests to share or donate money
 
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Signed, thank you Alice for sharing. Sorry you had a paramedic.
 
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I had a PIP assessment last Thursday....have no idea what her profession was but I don't think it was mental health!
 
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PIP assessors assessing those with mental health issues NEED to be qualified in mental health

signed :)
 
Artmuzz

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It’s not just PIP assessors, the so called judge and doctors at PIP and ESA appeal tribunals need to be qualified in mental health too. The judge and doctors at my tribunal were pathetic and didn’t understand my problems with mental health. The judge grinned at me as if mental health was a joke.
 
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It’s not just PIP assessors, the so called judge and doctors at PIP and ESA appeal tribunals need to be qualified in mental health too. The judge and doctors at my tribunal were pathetic and didn’t understand my problems with mental health. The judge grinned at me as if mental health was a joke.
I can't stand people like that, I dread whats gonna happen when I get that brown envelope in the mail.

When my old doctor retired I got a new one who knew nothing about me and my doctor grinned at me when I mentioned I have mental health and he was saying things like "oh we all get a bit depressed sometimes" Oh we all get a bit anxious sometimes" etc etc when I tried to explain things to him.

Since then I was given another doctor who is much better.
 
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Signed. :hug:

My form came in the post a few days ago. It's my dad that sorts the whole thing out, I don't really understand. When he phoned to make the claim, I was getting jittery waiting to be handed the phone to give my name and consent for him to speak on my behalf, but luckily they addressed the letter to him, so I didn't need to speak. He's been doing it for me for years, but before I always had to give permission. So I'll be having an assessment around October I guess. The woman who assessed me for work two years ago was an absolutely miserable :yuck:. I knew as soon as I opened the door and said hello she was a cow. No they are not trained... though I have to say, the ones that assess physical claimants aren't trained either... my dad just won PIP for his M.E and his assessor didn't know what M.E was...?
 
AliceinWonderland

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Thanks to everyone who signed and/or shared this. It's got 6,500 signatures now, in four weeks. I hope it's successful in changing who can carry out PIP assessments.
 
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Signed cos I had a paramedic for my pip which I failed which is going to appeal.
 
AliceinWonderland

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Signed cos I had a paramedic for my pip which I failed which is going to appeal.
Hope your appeal is successful, we shouldn't have to go through all this :hug:
 
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