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BDTN Editor speaks out about mental health

As more and more people with mental health are having money stopped by the DWP BDTN Editor Ste Matthew Murray speaks out about mental health and the way mental health people are treated.

Only this week I had my money stopped by government as I was found fit for work although I never leave the house alone through anxiety and depression and panic in situations where there is loads of people and other personal stuff I don't want to go into.

Before I carry on for you Tories reading this I don't make money from being editor of this news site (Sad that I have to prove myself in a free country) but that's Tory Britain for you. 

When I kept getting my letters from the DWP to go to a medical it made my anxiety levels rise and I missed a couple of appointments but did cancel by the way I just never not turned up, the second time I cancelled my appointment the girl in the DWP call centre never cancelled  my appointment so I got sanctioned after fighting it with massive help from CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) I won my case and they rang me up personally to apologise.

So when I won my case I had to go to another medical and that's when they found me "fit for work" but I don't want to go on too much about the DWP or even money it's not about that why I am doing this it's about mental health.

I can only talk about my own mental health as everybody's mental health is different but I would like to describe what serious anxiety doe to me.

People would say I'm a prisoner in my own home which is kind of true but that would be other people's view or opinion of me but the way I describe it is I'm a prisoner in my own head it's like world war 3 in my head sometimes, Sometimes I'm telling myself you'll be fine but at the same time I'm arguing with myself in my head telling myself everything is NOT going to be fine and danger is around the corner when really it isn't.

When anxiety levels rise higher you feel in danger as if someone is going to kill you or you are going to die somehow and the feeling of anxiety when this happens is like being in an electric chair that is connected to your nervous system as you can imagine it's not nice and it causes massive panic attacks and the shakes.

Some people think because you haven't got a physical disability you haven't got a disability at all which of course isn't true sometimes mental health disabilities can be worse than physical disabilities.

There is no help out there for people like me, yes ok there is a psychologist you can go and see which your doctor can sort for you but the sad thing is it can be up to 6-12 months waiting list which doesn't help when you need to speak to someone now.

Mental Health is real and it needs to be talked about like any other disability and don't be afraid to speak about it, it's totally normal to have anxiety and it's OK to speak out.

Whether you're concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice.

Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm)
Website: www.rethink.org

Depression Alliance

Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups.


CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35.

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.


Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline)


Charity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness. 
Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)
SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk
Website: www.sane.org.uk


Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
Website: www.mind.org.uk

The Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.


Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4pm)


Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm)

Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)


Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)
0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk


Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Phone: 0845 769 7555 (24-hour helpline)

Narcotics Anonymous

Phone: 0300 999 1212 (daily until midnight)
Website: www.ukna.org 

Gamblers Anonymous


Alzheimer's Society

Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.
Phone: 0300 222 1122 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Weekends, 10am-4pm)


Cruse Bereavement Care

Phone: 0844 477 9400 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)

Crime victims

Find your local helpline at:

Rape Crisis

Phone: 0808 802 9999 (daily, 12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-9.30pm)

Victim Support

Phone: 0845 30 30 900 (Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm. Weekends, 9am-7pm)

Eating disorders


Phone: 0845 634 1414 (Mon-Thurs, 1.30pm-4.30pm)
Website: www.b-eat.co.uk

Learning disabilities


Charity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.
Phone: 0808 808 1111 (for information on their services)


OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Action

Support for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
Phone: 0845 390 6232 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm)


A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Phone: 0845 120 3778 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Website: www.ocduk.org 

Panic and anxiety

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome your phobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.
Phone: 0844 967 4848 (daily, 10am-10pm)


Family Lives

Phone: 0808 800 2222 (daily, 7am-midnight)


Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you've been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
Phone: 08444 775 774 (Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm)



Phone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services)

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