Results Part 5 – Legal & Employment

Legal

Since your diagnosis, have you been arrested?

Yes = 17.8%

No = 82.2%

Were the arresting officer/s made aware of your diagnosis?

Yes = 57.1%

No = 21.4%

Not sure = 21.4%

How do you feel you were treated by the officer/s?

Excellent = 13.3%

Good = 20.0%

Poorly = 40.0%

Badly = 26.7%

Were you detained in custody?

Yes = 84.6%

No = 15.4%

Were the custody staff made aware of your diagnosis?

Yes = 46.2%

No = 23.1%

Not sure = 30.8%

How do you feel you were treated by custody staff?

Excellent = 16.7%

Good = 0.0%

Ok = 33.3%

Poorly = 25.0%

Badly = 25.0%

Did you have to go to court?

Yes = 30.8%

No = 69.2%

How well do you feel your legal representation understood your diagnosis?

Excellent = 28.6%

Good = 0.0%

Ok = 28.6%

Poor = 14.3%

Bad = 28.6%

How well do you feel the judge/magistrates understood you diagnosis?

Excellent = 0.0%

Good = 0.0%

Ok = 40.0%

Poor = 20.0%

Bad = 40.0%

Employment

Before your diagnosis were you employed (including volunteer work)?

Yes = 87.8%

No = 12.2%

What type of employment was it?

Full time = 78.8%

Part time = 15.2%

Self Employed = 4.5%

Volunteer = 1.5%

How much did you earn each year?

£0-£10,000 = 16.7%

£10,001-£15,000 = 19.7%

£15,001-£20,000 = 24.2%

£20,001-£25,000 = 9.1%

£25,001-£30,000 = 4.5%

over £30,000 = 25.8%

Are you in employment now (including volunteer work)?

Yes = 47.9%

No = 52.1%

What type of emploment is it?

Full time = 65.7%

Part time = 20.0%

Self employed = 0.0%

Volunteer = 14.3%

How much do you earn?

£0-£10,000 = 23.5%

£10,001-£15,000 = 5.9%

£15,001-£20,000 = 26.5%

£20,001-£25,000 = 8.8%

£25,001-£30,000 = 2.9%

over £30,000 = 32.4%

How long have you been employed for?

Less than a month = 5.4%

Less than 6 months = 2.7%

Between 6 months and a year = 8.1%

1 to 2 years = 13.5%

3 years or more = 70.3%

Are you on any of the following benefits?

Incapacity Benefit = 25.4%

Jobseekers Allowance = 8.5%

Disablity Living Allowance = 36.6%

None = 52.1%

How long have you been receiving these benefits?

Less than a month = 2.9%

Less than 6 months = 8.6%

Between 6 months and a year = 17.1%

1 to 2 years = 14.3%

3 years or more = 57.1%

Do you feel there could be more support for you to get into work?

Yes = 71.7%

No = 28.3%

What would you like to see in the way of support?

1 – no pressure,,help groups,,not able to mix socially/work at the moment.

2 – some one 2 talk 2 about how i feel and behave.

3 – Gaurantee of same benefits if new employment failed for any reason.

4 – better help at jobcentres they are rubbish! no help at all.

5 – help with pro and cons, housing benefit etc.

6 – Set placements in work places for people with mental health conditions. With the employer making reasonable adjustments because of the illness/condition and unable to sack that individual from office due to governmental regulation of keeping a percentage of disabled workers in work.

7 – maybe an employer giving me a trial run.

8 – I dont want to struggle so much. Peoplle think im ok,as i just get on with it. I still struggle.

9 – Ive had no support at all . Been in job 22 yrs 8.8.10.

10 – Special group to target those with Bipolar Disorder.

11 – more info on agencies that can help you and mental health related workshops etc.

12 – anything would be a start.

13 – management of my moods is only thing that will help.

14 – A job.

15 – More structured help for disabled people, that does not affect their benefits. Eg supported voluntary work, care farms.

16 – start off on 2 day week progressing slowly to 5 days p or f/t.

17 – counselling, job boards, advice.

18 – recognition and greater understanding in the work place.

19 – Giving employers incentives to give mentally disabled people a work trial with a view to a job.

20 – help to point me in the right direction, what my rights are

21 – Retired.

22 – a mentor/buddy system perhaps.

23 – Removal of ‘cotton wool’ approaches to what can be mundane jobs which may be low skill level. Problems for those that ‘hyperfunction’ as opposed to those that barely function are not addressed at all. Disillusionment then sets in which can lead to depression for some.

24 – support by knowing I may be able to work flexitime.

25 – support in how to tell employers about my mental health in a positive way.

26 – Education of employers.

27 – Remploy didn’t know what to do with someone like me with an amazing CV, neither did NextStep. They gave up on me. I’d like there to be more creative jobs for people like me.

28 – 1:1 advice on part-time work / companies that are understanding about people with MH issues. Help on writing a more positive cv/applications.

29 – Dunno, something to show employers that we’re help not a hinderance

Proceed to the next section – The Future

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