Dealing with the stigma of Mental Health – Updated
I would like to share my views about some issues that have affected me from I get back from burying my Mother and transferred to a new work environment on the 23rd July 2014 at http://www.leyf.org.uk. Since that time there have been new laws, legislations, codes of praticies and conducts implemented in the UK to safeguard everyone. There is the British Values 2014, Counter Terrorism & Security Act 2015 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The ill treatments resulted in me experiencing Mental Health Conditions when my Childhood Traumas were triggered into the Post Traumatic Stress Disorders that resulted in me getting counselling at the Maudsley Hospital http://www.slam-iapt.nhs.uk/southwark.
My main concerns are varied on the day we are celebrating International Mental Health Day for a number of reasons. But primarily because of the recent judgement from the Employment Tribunals at https://www.gov.uk/employment-tribunal-decisions/ms-m-myers-v-london-early-years-foundation-2300047-2016. I would like everyone to stop long enough and spend some time examining their conscience finding out why an employee who is as passionate about working with children, young people and families can have her life turned upside down after yet another bereavement. This is the second time I have taken my case to the ET to gain justice. The UNCRC “Article 14 states that it is a basic entitlement of humans to enjoy their rights and freedoms without discrimination on any grounds”.
But instead of getting justice based on my claims of discrimination on the grounds of disabilities of “Chronic Anxiety, Arthrites and Diabetes“, it is clear from the judgement that there is another miscarraiges of justice. Dr Maria Hudson 2012 Research Paper the Experience of Discrimination on Multiple grounds made recommendations to http://www.acas.org.uk/researchpapers then. Fast forward to 2017 and I was left to represent myself because of unscrupulous Unions. Then the Solicitors acted unprofessionally, showing that some who are supposed to be metering out justice fairly will stoop to committing criminal offences. Over the next few months, I am seeking closures about the way I was mistreated in two workplaces that impacted on my Mental Health Conditions.
The following is a letter I wrote to http://www.express.org.uk as part of their Mental Health CRUSADE. Over the years, I have been sharing my stories about my experiences of living with Mental Health Conditions and Disabilities from childhood. My articles are being used on http://www.mqmentalhealth.org/Mental-Health/Mental-Illness. Stangely enough this was published on the 3rd April 2015 when I was on Medical Suspension. Part of the plots to destroy my health and deny me, my Basic Human Rights of earning a living to provide for my Basic Needs. The more I research myself, the more I am uncovering how writing about my experiences are helping to breaking down barriers. On the Parkinson’s website http://www.parkinson.org.uk, I discovered two articles. One in 2015 and the other in 2017.
However dispite all my best efforts in trying to get a job, it has been two years and I am no closer to finding one. I tried setting up my own business, but the ET judgement put paid to that. In summary the ET Judges claim that I do not have disabilities, I am not a credible witness and Legal Entity do not discriminate, people do. Well I want the world to see who are the people responsible for the discrimination of Mervelee Myers on the two separate ocassions she was forced to represent herself at the ET. Not only that my RACISM claims were strike out repeatedly by a judge. They tried stitching me up about the Telephone Mediation. So I started my Defensive Practice, as the same thing happened with my benefits and the DWP and http://www.southwark.gov.uk/benefitscontact.
If I did not stand my grounds not to be discriminated against, I would probably end up homeless and have more Mental Health and Disabilities issues to deal with. It toook almost two years for my Housing Benefits to be sorted out. The way I was treated by the DWP triggered and exacerbated my Mental Health Conditions. Below is the letter to the Daily Express. Hopefully it is self explanatory?
Hi Mr Jeory
I have been following the Mental Health CRUSADE campaign in the Sunday Express over the past weeks with keen interests. This matter is of grave importance to me because of personal experiences I’ve encountered throughout my relatively short life (I am nearly 60 now). The reasons I am making contact is to congratulate the team on taking up the fight for people who have been faced with (Mental Health Conditions and the issues to do with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities SEND). Some of us do not have any forms of sounding boards to air our circumstances and situations in dealing with conditions that are considered as TABOO. (Dr Maria Hudson https://www.essex.ac.uk, Research Paper Ref: 01/12 made mention of the stigma attached to Mental Health Conditions).
Maybe if I share a brief account of my own personal experiences you will begin to understand why I have become a sceptic of all gift wrapped packages. From an early age I was confronted with the tragedy of witnessing my dad’s decline which lasted for over ten years. He had Parkinson’s Disease along with some other health conditions. However it was the Parkinson’s that caused our family the most concerns as it affected every aspects of the family welfare. I can recall the tremors that turn into the shakes at the beginning, until his total loss of mobility and everything else that is eventually destroyed as a result of the deterioration in his health. As a teenager I began to question my faith, asking why my dad who had lived and served God had to suffer so much.
The onus was left on my poor mum to take on the reigns of responsibilities that was once my dad’s as well as her own job as a mother. In the end my mum was faced with caring for my dad and her mum who died within a month of each other. (I discovered from my counselling that my Mother may have suffered from Mental Health Conditions from she was a Young Lady, owing to a nymber of factors around her own poverty and caring for her own family. Her Father died of Stomach Cancer shortly after the death of her other daughter from Epilepsy or Fits. Mama had two children born within a short space of each other during the time she was caring for her Cancer Striken Father and the Death of her Daughter. But one of her children was not thriving. However she got help from her Best Friend, who took the child home and did not return him until her was better).
My granny eventually succumbed to one of her many strokes. (Diabetes is in my DNA from both sides of the family and I have a diagnosis since March 2012. I am working with a number of organisations including http://www.diabetes.or.uk, http://www.cruk.org, http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk, http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/research and http://www.iopkcl.ac.uk). Imagine my own devastations when I realised my dad’s condition was hereditary, and from an early age I began to get some of the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. To cut a long story short, I immediately have to alter my life, and I know I was prevented from achieving my full potential because of my DNA over which I had no say. Therefore with time I learnt to adapt to my condition and refused to become a VICTIM, and have always been aware of my Limitations.
However I recognised I had problems with my family situations and was only able to give it a name DEPRESSION after coming to the UK. I decided to take up studies to improve my prospects of securing gainful employment to make a better life for myself. I always joked about the fact that I managed to pick up all the defects from the both sides of my FAMILY. (I have a diagnosis of Chronic Anxiety in 2006. I needed to have evidence of my disabilities to do the Health and Social Care examination at the http://www.open.ac.uk/ceremonies. The course was sponsored by the union UNISON, but they let me down when I needed support. Now http://www.voicetheunion.org.uk, is playing the same dirty tricks. But this time I did not resign and two years after I have not worked, they are still taking fees. Now they trying to trick me to give up my Membership after colluding with LEYF to discriminate against me).
Now I have seen in today’s edition about the role expected of workplaces in supporting their employees who have experienced Mental Health. However my arguments are totally against sharing your predicaments with your employers as this can be used to one’s detriment and place a Label of Deficit Model that is used to discredit a person when one is at their most VULNERABLE. At this point am talking from personal experiences when I Self Referred because I was concerned about matters affecting my work, and for which I needed some answers. This was used against me, and in the long run when I needed the support of my GP because I had told him about my Parkinson’s Disease, I was given a kick in the teeth.
(I have since done my research and come up with the fat that I was right all along. I do have “Atypical Parkinsonism”, and it is documented that it is hard to diagnose and hard to treat. Therefore I can exonerate myself and clear my name as I told Dr Maria Hudson who made recommendations to http://www.acas.org.uk/researchpapers).
This caused so much havoc in my life that at one difficult period, I thought I would have been swept overboard by the tide of upheavals and emotional baggage I was left to deal with. My unfair treatment further exacerbated my DEPRESSION that I found it hard coping with life. Even thou I had swallowed my better medicine and moved on I am reminded daily of these unpleasant events in my life because they keep reoccurring at work. I have been placed on a system where I am been Networked against, so I cannot break the mould and move on. To make matters worse am now been penalised in my job for doing the work am paid for. They are trying to get information about people so that they can use it against them.
I can recall when I first came to the UK a friend told me that in the UK never tell others the TRUTH. As they can’t deal with truths only lies, and am beginning to see the reality only after too late to my detriments. My life has been turned upside down because of who I am, as well as my knowledge, values and beliefs. I feel trapped without seeing a way out of my dilemma (refer to the ET judgement Myers v LEYF 2016). Although I will continue following your campaign I can’t help but say I will continue to hold my opinions and keep them to myself, find solutions for my DEPRESSION without getting my employers involved. Anything you say can come back to haunt you at a later date when you least expect it.
Even thou I have no one to share my concerns with I would prefer die than involve people at work. This is because when concerns are raised they are shoved under the carpets by inexperienced Managers who lack knowledge, values and beliefs to deal with those concerns. (Refer to the three Reviews by a parent and two former employees of http://www.leyf.org.uk). Fore and foremost US older employees are treated with disrespects whilst facing all kinds of DISCRIMINATIONS over which we cannot do anything for fear of been LABELLED. Since I do not have a voice and have no one to talk to I will be brave and stop myself from becoming a VICTIM by finding my own remedies. The one good thing about this is I am a very resilient person and refused to give up without a fight. I won’t make the same mistakes again by challenging Social Injustices and Inequalities. Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but…
Thanks for being my sounding board as this means so much to me especially when am at a low ebb in my life trying to stay in the UK coping with the decline in my mum’s health.
My contributions to breaking down barriers can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/public/Mervelee-Myers. LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com. JBSF at http://www.jbsf.org.uk. Twitter at https://twitter.com/rattynem. NWM at http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk. SLP at http://www.icsouthlondon.co.uk. HCT at http://www.hctgroup.org.