Powerful Story Explaining How Cuts Affect MH Claimants

Same Difference

“A couple of weeks ago my diary said that two women helped me get back on a train…. Apparently I was lost, about 18 miles away from home.”

For Shannon O’Neill, leaving the house is an unpredictable and potentially dangerous ordeal. Her multiple mental health conditions mean that she frequently ‘disassociates’, becoming severely confused and disorientated.

“I’ll have little absences, little switches, through to bigger moments where… I completely just shut down and am not able to move,” she told The Independent.

In February, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) adjusted the criteria for disability benefits, in a move critics say is discriminatory against people with mental health conditions, compared to those with physical problems. 

Shannon is one of thousands of people who have been affected by the changes.

She was reassessed as part of the nationwide transition from Disability Living Allowance to the new Personal…

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