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Deafness and hearing loss > Government welfare cuts blamed for 50% surge in mental health issues among unemployed

TimRegency
#1 Posted : Monday, July 17, 2017 9:48:14 AM
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“The devastating impact of the benefits cap for families with children, the freezing of benefits at a time of inflation, and the cutting of benefits for the disabled are putting claimants under terrible mental and financial strain,” said Janet Weisz, the UKCP’s chief executive.

“The constant threat of benefit sanctions only adds to the pressure.”


And don't forget that often, deaf people will have a pre-existing mental health issue.

Link: http://www.independent.c...rms-blamed-a7841941.html
Cornishandy
#2 Posted : Monday, July 17, 2017 10:26:48 AM
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But will anyone take any notice?

Do they ever? Even after all these years and all the campaigning there is still a level of cruelty against those less able.

I thought we elected a government that would make things better, instead they seem hell-bent on making things worse.
MervynJames4
#3 Posted : Monday, July 17, 2017 10:51:20 AM
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But will anyone take any notice?

Erm.... NO !
TimRegency
#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 18, 2017 9:37:48 AM
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You know what the sad and foolish thing is? All this cruelty - forms, reassessments, appeals, tribunals, cuts, sanctions forced labour, etc etc just soak up the little remaining energy that many deaf and disabled people will have in reserve, meaning that they will have no energy left for looking for the few jobs that employers will grudgingly give them.

It is a full blown festival of blame-the-victims. Meanwhile RNID wear a blank, indifferent expression while engaging in wilful blindness toward this issue.
MervynJames4
#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 18, 2017 10:28:29 AM
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TimRegency wrote:
You know what the sad and foolish thing is? All this cruelty - forms, reassessments, appeals, tribunals, cuts, sanctions forced labour, etc etc just soak up the little remaining energy that many deaf and disabled people will have in reserve, meaning that they will have no energy left for looking for the few jobs that employers will grudgingly give them.

It is a full blown festival of blame-the-victims. Meanwhile RNID wear a blank, indifferent expression while engaging in wilful blindness toward this issue.


Most simply do not understand AOHL is NOT a rights campaigning charity, it is a 'service-provision' based charity mainly, that in most part determines the direction of provision, which is unsettling. As such it has to work with the system, that doesn't compute if you challenge that system. They support medical intervention/research and alleviation of hearing loss.

Unfortunately its sub-heading is "We represent 10m (1 in 6), with hearing loss.." that is their undoing, as it suggests it IS a rights based charity and has a mandate to represent too. The 'Deaf' area challenged that and lost, then left the AOHL altogether. Neither are true statements, if AOHL would stop suggesting it has our mandate it would help clarify things a lot more. At the very most all they could claim is to represent 30K or so registered as members, but hardly any are actually deaf if their annual AGM's or open meets are anything to go by.

The power of the AOHL is in that systems accept/respect what they say, including statistics they provide etc. It is all spin, but very successful spin given no other charity in the UK has such access to the systems, or makes that amount of money. AOHL is solely responsible for marketing our issue but without our actual inclusion, not easy to pull off !

It is a great shame, and a source of constant frustration they won't use that power in supporting those who cannot fight for themselves. https://skwawkbox.org/20...-sanctioned-for-a-year/ Here we see even more threats to the vulnerable, where the issue is not disabled watching TV and lazing about, but employers openly flouting the access laws with impunity and ending up responsible for many disabled actually dead before their time. As you say MH sufferers are the bottom of the pile. The fair and logical thing to address MH in the deaf and HoH is to force through access to local service provisions their hearing neighbours have no issue obtaining. Just because your hearing is poor is an excuse to 'deport' the client 100s of miles away. Thus making the issue worse.
MervynJames4
#6 Posted : Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:25:25 AM
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The unique problems of deaf people suffering from mental health conditions have long been recognised but have received inadequate attention in many parts of the country. In the absence of a specialist psychiatric service for deaf people in Wales a prevalence survey was conducted to estimate the numbers of deaf patients occupying long-stay mental health beds and to assess facilities available to them.

A high prevalence of prelingual deafness was found in long-stay psychiatric in-patients, approximating to a relative risk ten times that in the general population. Throughout Wales there are approximately 100 patients with either prelingual or profound postlingual deafness resident in long-stay psychiatric and mental handicap beds. An inadequate provision of specialist support and equipment for all categories of deaf in-patients is demonstrated by the results of this study. Purchasers of mental health services must ensure that an acceptable quality of provision, including both access to a specialist psychiatric service and a supportive in-patient environment, is secured from providers.
TimRegency
#7 Posted : Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:19:59 AM
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And cruel welfare reforms will make the problem a hundred times worse.

If the government really wanted to get deaf people into work, they could quite simply match them up with existing suitable jobs. But no, these jobs don't exist, but they still prefer to pretend otherwise.

So deaf people are left without jobs, without benefits and without a clue what they are supposed to do to support themselves. No wonder mental health problems mount up.
TimRegency
#8 Posted : Sunday, July 23, 2017 11:15:30 AM
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This reinforces my previous point, with disabled people being left out of industrial strategy altogether:

https://www.disabilityne...y-failed-on-disability/

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Despite the equality duty, there is not a single mention of disability or disabled people, or even equality, in the 132-page Building Our Industrial Strategy green paper, while there is just one mention of disability (relating to investment in special educational needs) and no mention of equality in the 113-page 2016 National Infrastructure Delivery Plan.


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