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    so apparently my GP says im not fit to work (im doing that well at the whole life thing apparently ) but anyway according to the internet this means I get Income Support of like £87.80 a week cause I get DLA anyway (plus housing benefit if/when I move out), so apparently I just have to do/claim this and then that's okay, I don't know how/if that affects my doing a BTEC though? (which is what I want to do come September in IT as a way of looking at that as a career option)

    so it's all a bit confusing but the good news I guess is that I don't have to find a job or get JSA which means no stress of that (which trust me with me is a good thing ) but I just have to figure out how it affects me in terms of education.

    not sure if this means good morning or bad, still a bit confuzzled by it all tbh.
    It can be very stressful to get through the benefit system at the moment!! You are welcome to PM me as you go along if you hit any problems or difficulties. Hopefully not but you never know. Also a care co-ordinator may be able to refer you to their welfare advice people who can help.

    If you are asked to go for an assessment with ATOS you are welcome to PM me for advice beforehand and there are also lots of advice agencies on line about this. It is all doable but you probably need some support.

    Good luck,

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    Seven o'clock is a reasonable time to go to bed right? I mean, I used to go to sleep at 7 all the time. when I was 7. :ninja: I need to not be awake anymore :cry:
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    Seven o'clock is a reasonable time to go to bed right? I mean, I used to go to sleep at 7 all the time. when I was 7. :ninja: I need to not be awake anymore :cry:
    Absolutely! And even moreso if it keeps you safe. Feel free to PM me or something. :jumphug:
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    It can be very stressful to get through the benefit system at the moment!! You are welcome to PM me as you go along if you hit any problems or difficulties. Hopefully not but you never know. Also a care co-ordinator may be able to refer you to their welfare advice people who can help.

    If you are asked to go for an assessment with ATOS you are welcome to PM me for advice beforehand and there are also lots of advice agencies on line about this. It is all doable but you probably need some support.

    Good luck,

    yeah I know there's lot's of stuff about it, disgusts me that the government are trying to stop people accessing help and support but I don't really have any other options, my mums gonna help me out so hopefully will be okay, but thank you for the offer

    will they do that for IS? I thought it was just ESA? :erm:

    thanks, hope you are okay?
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    so apparently my GP says im not fit to work (im doing that well at the whole life thing apparently ) but anyway according to the internet this means I get Income Support of like £87.80 a week cause I get DLA anyway (plus housing benefit if/when I move out), so apparently I just have to do/claim this and then that's okay, I don't know how/if that affects my doing a BTEC though? (which is what I want to do come September in IT as a way of looking at that as a career option)

    so it's all a bit confusing but the good news I guess is that I don't have to find a job or get JSA which means no stress of that (which trust me with me is a good thing ) but I just have to figure out how it affects me in terms of education.

    not sure if this means good morning or bad, still a bit confuzzled by it all tbh.
    You can apply for ESA, all you need to apply for that is a doctors sick note (and obviously complete a tedious form. You may not have to have an ATOS assessment though). If you have DLA as well, you can get extra benefits like Disability Premiums. Best bet is to apply to ESA first
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    This might not be the right place to ask this - but does anybody know any good ways to get involved in counselling for mental health issues without a social work degree/relevant qualification?

    I've been doing voluntary work with a mental health charity since I was 16 (21 now) and I'd love to look into it as a possible career, but I did a history degree, so short of voluntary positions or doing another degree, I'm stuck for ways to make a career of it
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    (Original post by SciFiRory)
    yeah I know there's lot's of stuff about it, disgusts me that the government are trying to stop people accessing help and support but I don't really have any other options, my mums gonna help me out so hopefully will be okay, but thank you for the offer

    will they do that for IS? I thought it was just ESA? :erm:

    thanks, hope you are okay?
    Hi I'm great thanks, though I had a tooth extracted today so my mouth still feels weird!

    No you usually wouldn't have to attend an interview for income support but I don't know your individual circumstances.

    Anyway, I'm sure it will all become clear! Good you have your mom to support you.

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    This might not be the right place to ask this - but does anybody know any good ways to get involved in counselling for mental health issues without a social work degree/relevant qualification?

    I've been doing voluntary work with a mental health charity since I was 16 (21 now) and I'd love to look into it as a possible career, but I did a history degree, so short of voluntary positions or doing another degree, I'm stuck for ways to make a career of it
    Its not neccesary to have a degree to enter counselling but you have to build up to a diploma (level five) to get registered. The OU has a course and often the diploma course is also offered by local FE colleges. They are part time.

    http://www.cpcab.co.uk/

    http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...cation/w09.htm

    The good thing is that you can take your time working your way through the levels. You are in an ideal position if you have any access to user groups to work with. Unfortunately you have to fund yourself through the stages.

    The other option is to consider a masters conversion degree (with the fees paid for by the NHS) in something like mental health nursing. They do a fast track MSc/MA Nursing (two years) at places such as:

    http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/...rse=MSC+B76024
    http://www.healthcare.leeds.ac.uk/st...13/details.htm
    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at...eregistration/

    There are many more. You can get funding for maintenance.

    They often ask for a first degree in a social science discipline (though Leeds take any first degree discipline) but you can also present evidence of voluntary work in the field, such as you have.

    There is also the opportunity to just train as a mental health nurse by taking a second bachelors first degree (BA/Bsc Nursing (mental health) after finishing your History degree. Again the fees are covered by the NHS and you can get a bursary coupled with student loan grants for living expenses. You can access all this even if you have used student finance for another degree.

    Mental Health nursing can lead to specialising in counselling/therapies within the community. However you would, as part of your degree and for about six months afterwards, have to work in a clinical setting within a hospital and would be expected to work shifts. Great career though and fair pay with the opportunity to progress in various specialist directions as you go on.

    Personally if it appeals I would go the mental health nursing route as there are lots of opportunities and jobs in this field, including switching into counselling.

    My friend started her career in the voluntary sector with befriending schemes and advocacy and moved into paid work via her experience. She now runs a large organisation helping people. This may be a route for you but it does take keeping an eye out on NGO and voluntary sector job adverts, building local connections and doing more voluntary work first.

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    (Original post by catoswyn)
    Its not neccesary to have a degree to enter counselling but you have to build up to a diploma (level five) to get registered. The OU has a course and often the diploma course is also offered by local FE colleges. They are part time.

    http://www.cpcab.co.uk/

    http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergr...cation/w09.htm

    The good thing is that you can take your time working your way through the levels. You are in an ideal position if you have any access to user groups to work with.

    The other option is to consider a masters conversion degree (with the fees paid for by the NHS) in something like mental health nursing. They do a fast track MSc/MA Nursing (two years) at places such as:

    http://www.essex.ac.uk/coursefinder/...rse=MSC+B76024
    http://www.healthcare.leeds.ac.uk/st...13/details.htm
    http://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at...eregistration/

    There are many more. You can get funding for maintenance.

    They often ask for a first degree in a social science discipline (though Leeds take any first degree discipline) but you can also present evidence of voluntary work in the field, such as you have.

    There is also the opportunity to just train as a mental health nurse by taking a second bachelors first degree (BA/Bsc Nursing (mental health) after finishing your History degree. Again the fees are covered by the NHS and you can get a bursary coupled with student loan grants for living expenses. You can access all this even if you have used student finance for another degree.

    Mental Health nursing can lead to specialising in counselling/therapies within the community. However you would, as part of your degree and for about six months afterwards, have to work in a clinical setting within a hospital and would be expected to work shifts. Great career though and fair pay with the opportunity to progress in various specialist directions as you go on.

    Personally if it appeals I would go the mental health nursing route as there are lots of opportunities and jobs in this field, including switching into counselling.

    Thank you, that's so helpful! Have a great day!
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    really confused at everything today, and i cant stop eating, i just need to hide. scared about this job thingy on friday, scared about everything. currently watching my boyfriend sleep on skype so i know i can wake him if i need him, really not been feeling safe or well at night recently, and hes been sleeping hate this feeling so much.
    dont know what to do with myself at all
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    is theere anyone atound to tslk to msybe> i wokeup liklast time and hes allkj vover me and i cant brreathe amdf i cant emke it sop hes not ging to stop
    I'm on Skype. :jumphug:
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    I'm on skype too! Happy to help anyone who wants to talk
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    really confused at everything today, and i cant stop eating, i just need to hide. scared about this job thingy on friday, scared about everything. currently watching my boyfriend sleep on skype so i know i can wake him if i need him, really not been feeling safe or well at night recently, and hes been sleeping hate this feeling so much.
    dont know what to do with myself at all
    Is there anything you can do to distract yourself from bad thoughts? Films, tv, games, books, music. Personally i find games are the only thing that make me focus enough to distract me.

    You will be safe with your bf there, and theres us guys on here :hugs:

    I've been very anxious recently about things recently also, i think because i came off citalopram and have been trying sertraline. It seems that any kind of travel; by foot or public transport terrifies me, though i think its more because of the people than the travel itself.

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    I'm on Skype. :jumphug:
    Do we have a MHSS skype group by any chance? I'm basically always on skype nowadays since i like to stay at home we're i'm all safe.
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    Is there anything you can do to distract yourself from bad thoughts? Films, tv, games, books, music. Personally i find games are the only thing that make me focus enough to distract me.

    You will be safe with your bf there, and theres us guys on here :hugs:

    I've been very anxious recently about things recently also, i think because i came off citalopram and have been trying sertraline. It seems that any kind of travel; by foot or public transport terrifies me, though i think its more because of the people than the travel itself.
    could play games prehaps, was gonna watch a film, but my dvd players ****, and dont wanna wake my boyfriend up just eating again :facepalm:

    unfortunatley hes not WITH me, were on skype, id be safe if he was here though. just so lost at the moment

    gahhh dont tell me that im meant to be coming of citalopram, but scared to half my dose
    hopefully things will pick up soon.

    you can add me on skype if you want just PM me if you want my ID
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    I really really don't know what to do. I want help. I can't do this alone but I'm too scared to tell anybody about it. All the time I don't know if I'm safe or not. I'll forget about it for a while and then I'll be reminded and I'm back to worrying. I don't know if I'll ever be safe. I try to just live my life and ignore it cos there's nothing I can do about it anyway but I just can't ignore it all the time. I don't know what I did to deserve this! I tried to be a nice person but it just doesn't matter. :'(

    I'm scared about even saying this cos people can see it. Whatever I do, wherever I am I can't escape it!


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    is theere anyone atound to tslk to msybe> i wokeup liklast time and hes allkj vover me and i cant brreathe amdf i cant emke it sop hes not ging to stop
    :jumphug: Am around on Skype and will be for a bit.
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    I really really don't know what to do. I want help. I can't do this alone but I'm too scared to tell anybody about it. All the time I don't know if I'm safe or not. I'll forget about it for a while and then I'll be reminded and I'm back to worrying. I don't know if I'll ever be safe. I try to just live my life and ignore it cos there's nothing I can do about it anyway but I just can't ignore it all the time. I don't know what I did to deserve this! I tried to be a nice person but it just doesn't matter. :'(

    I'm scared about even saying this cos people can see it. Whatever I do, wherever I am I can't escape it!


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    I'm guessing you're not doing any kind of therapy or taking any kind of meication atm?


    (Original post by PonchoKid)
    could play games prehaps, was gonna watch a film, but my dvd players ****, and dont wanna wake my boyfriend up just eating again :facepalm:

    unfortunatley hes not WITH me, were on skype, id be safe if he was here though. just so lost at the moment

    gahhh dont tell me that im meant to be coming of citalopram, but scared to half my dose
    hopefully things will pick up soon.

    you can add me on skype if you want just PM me if you want my ID
    Ooh oki, well as long as he's still kinda there :P I don't think things will be that bad if you just half the dose, it's hit me hard because i went straight off of it and onto sertraline, been on it 6 weeks and just had my dose upped to 100mg. I just hope it does something for me.

    I feel pretty lost myself atm, having trouble keeping track of events, days, weeks. I feel out of touch with reality kind of thing...everything just seems wrong, like its not how it should be. I think it might be that that's scaring me.

    And yeah add me on skype too, its always nice to know theres someone who can relate to the crap you're going through
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    I'm guessing you're not doing any kind of therapy or taking any kind of meication atm?




    Ooh oki, well as long as he's still kinda there :P I don't think things will be that bad if you just half the dose, it's hit me hard because i went straight off of it and onto sertraline, been on it 6 weeks and just had my dose upped to 100mg. I just hope it does something for me.

    I feel pretty lost myself atm, having trouble keeping track of events, days, weeks. I feel out of touch with reality kind of thing...everything just seems wrong, like its not how it should be. I think it might be that that's scaring me.

    And yeah add me on skype too, its always nice to know theres someone who can relate to the crap you're going through
    This may not make sense.
    Yeah hes currently having to watch me. Massively not trusting myself.
    There looking at taking me off meds all together for a bir. So im pretty scared.

    I get like that. No idea what happened in the last few hours. Dont remember sleeping last niggt.

    Not up to iming atm but drop me your ID and ill asdd you tomoerow

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    (Original post by Meaty_man)
    I'm guessing you're not doing any kind of therapy or taking any kind of meication atm?
    No I am. I'm on antidepressants and I visit CAMHS. There's this one thing though that I'm really scared to talk about. I had this phase a while ago where I got really paranoid (it may not be the perfect term for it, hope it doesn't offend anyone here) about everything and thought everybody was out to get me. It's linked in with that and I still don't know what was real and what was in my head. I've sorted out a lot of my triggers and things but this one I'm really terrified of. I really don't know what to do. I mentioned it to my nurse/ therapist and they wanted me to tell them more so they could help but I'm really really scared to and I don't think I can. I'm really worried about what will happen if I bring this up again and I know about the confidentiality agreement conditions but I'm worried people will still find out that I said something or they'll think there's a risk and call the cops or something

    I really worry about it because even though I have been to a psychiatrist and everything it was all after that really bad time so I never really talked to anybody about that paranoia and stuff. Like when he asked me a bunch of question like "do you ever..." I didn't think i could say "not now but i have before" or "not logically but it feels that way". It was really embarrassing and awkward too so i kinda played some things down. I feel really unsafe talking about it but I think I need to do something about it before it gets worse again.

    Sorry for the essay. Could've just said yes I guess. Thanks for replying though.



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