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    idvi
    Blue Badge
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:33 AM
    Blue Badge 3rd Jul 10 at 11:33 AM
    Hi there,

    I have some mental health problems and have been advised i might be able to get a blue badge because of anxieties and the bipolar/ocd.

    but looking around mental problems dont "normally" qualify

    Should I apply or not? i dont want to be done for fraud if I apply and i'm thought to be a 'faker', I just thought that if I had it then it would make life easier for going out

    I already have the bus pass, cinema card, dla mid-rate care etc

    all advice welcome!

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    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 11:36 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:36 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:36 AM
    If you apply and get turned down, it's just a letter saying "sorry, you don't qualify because <reason>" and they refund the money you paid for the badge.
  • idvi
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:39 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:39 AM
    If you apply and get turned down, it's just a letter saying "sorry, you don't qualify because <reason>" and they refund the money you paid for the badge.
    Originally posted by sh1305
    wow, many thanks for the very quick reply

    how likely are they to accept mental health problems?

    before today I had no real idea about blue badges - never even crossed my mind if i might qualify

    Has anyone been issued one for mental health reasons?
    • CharlieBilly
    • By CharlieBilly 3rd Jul 10, 11:45 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:45 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:45 AM
    found this http://www.laws.sandwell.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/transport-and-streets/motor-vehicles--roads-and-parking/parking/blue-badge-parking-scheme/;jsessionid=a5xe9rc05KPb

    You may be eligible for a badge if:
    • you have a permanent or substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking. If this is the case, your doctor will be asked a series of questions to help determine whether or not you are eligible. He/she will have to assess whether you can walk more than 100 metres without stopping, severe discomfort or need the help of another person to do so. If you cannot, then you will qualify for a blue badge. This may include people with mental health difficulties.
    • CharlieBilly
    • By CharlieBilly 3rd Jul 10, 11:47 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:47 AM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 11:47 AM
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/MotoringAndTransport/Bluebadgescheme/DG_181208


    People who need to have an assessment

    You may also be eligible for a badge if you are over two years old and either:
    • have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult
    • drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable or would find it very difficult to operate all or some types of parking meter
    If you are a parent of a child who is less than two years old, you may apply for a badge for your child if they have a specific medical condition which means that they either:
    • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
    • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital
    If you do not automatically qualify, your eligibility has to be assessed by your local council. You will be asked to answer some questions to help them decide whether or not you can have a Blue Badge. The council may also ask your permission to get further information from your doctor, or ask you to see an independent health professional, like a physiotherapist.
  • Trialia
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:00 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:00 PM
    I'm pretty sure there's something in the DVLA's guidelines about not driving if you have mental health problems that are not under control - I have unmedicated bipolar disorder, they won't let me drive. So you should be able to get it, but it's worth trying either way.
    Homosexual, Unitarian, young, British, female, disabled. Do you need more?
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 12:04 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:04 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:04 PM
    another one taking spaces away from people who have mobility problems.
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 12:04 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:04 PM
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    another one taking spaces away from people who have mobility problems.
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    Mobility is much more than about walking.
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 12:17 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:17 PM
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    • 3rd Jul 10, 12:17 PM
    try telling that to somebody when every step they take is agony when somebody gets out of a car in a disabled bay and walks normally.hacks me off.for the last few months i have been struggling to walk due to rheumatoid arthritis,normally meds make me bit more mobile but not on any at min due to allergic reactions,long story.most days i need a stick to walk.apart from the fact people without badges often park in these spaces,there arent enough of them to go around as it is.my OH mostly has to drop me by the door of where we are going and park further away,when i have been drivinfg myself on occasions i have had to go home as i cant get anywere near shops etc.
  • idvi
    I'm pretty sure there's something in the DVLA's guidelines about not driving if you have mental health problems that are not under control - I have unmedicated bipolar disorder, they won't let me drive. So you should be able to get it, but it's worth trying either way.
    Originally posted by Trialia
    oh you are correct, i dont drive for that reason - I meant it would be easier when my parents take me out etc

    try telling that to somebody when every step they take is agony when somebody gets out of a car in a disabled bay and walks normally.hacks me off.for the last few months i have been struggling to walk due to rheumatoid arthritis,normally meds make me bit more mobile but not on any at min due to allergic reactions,long story.most days i need a stick to walk.apart from the fact people without badges often park in these spaces,there arent enough of them to go around as it is.my OH mostly has to drop me by the door of where we are going and park further away,when i have been drivinfg myself on occasions i have had to go home as i cant get anywere near shops etc.
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    sorry if i"ve offended you, somebody else told me i was entitled which is why i googled for somewhere to check and found this website
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 12:28 PM
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    Indie Kid
    try telling that to somebody when every step they take is agony when somebody gets out of a car in a disabled bay and walks normally.hacks me off.for the last few months i have been struggling to walk due to rheumatoid arthritis,normally meds make me bit more mobile but not on any at min due to allergic reactions,long story.most days i need a stick to walk.apart from the fact people without badges often park in these spaces,there arent enough of them to go around as it is.my OH mostly has to drop me by the door of where we are going and park further away,when i have been drivinfg myself on occasions i have had to go home as i cant get anywere near shops etc.
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    If they fit the criteria, they're entitled to a badge just as much as you.
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 12:29 PM
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    cherub1965
    you havent offended me at all,just a pet hate of mine.lol. people leave their kids in cars in disabled bays or park as they will 'just be a minute'.no consideration.
    if you cant drive yourself due to your health problems you would have somebody with you anyway wouldnt you if you are anxious about going out? give it a try but i cant understand how a badge would be needed?
    am sympathetic to your health problems,a good friend of mine has a similar condition to yourself.
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 12:30 PM
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    cherub1965
    If they fit the criteria, they're entitled to a badge just as much as you.
    Originally posted by sh1305
    everybody is entitled to their opinion.i have mine.
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 12:31 PM
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    Indie Kid
    You sound so ignorant! I take it you've been out with someone with mental health problems who is in the middle of a meltdown? It's not nice and they do need to get to somwhere safe.
  • idvi
    you havent offended me at all,just a pet hate of mine.lol. people leave their kids in cars in disabled bays or park as they will 'just be a minute'.no consideration.
    if you cant drive yourself due to your health problems you would have somebody with you anyway wouldnt you if you are anxious about going out? give it a try but i cant understand how a badge would be needed?
    am sympathetic to your health problems,a good friend of mine has a similar condition to yourself.
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    yes, usually its my mum or dad that takes me out, but i hate having to walk thru the shopping centrers/multistoreys etc, they are terrible. if we could opark closer to (the hairdresser for example) on yellow lines it would mean not having to walk thru town
  • Trialia
    try telling that to somebody when every step they take is agony when somebody gets out of a car in a disabled bay and walks normally.hacks me off.
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    Get over yourself. I have both a physical disability and a chronic mental illness. I am in pain every step I take, every day I live, every little thing I do. I do not begrudge a parking place to someone who might have a panic attack if they had to walk through a crowd to get where they are going, and neither ought you if you have any kind of empathy.
    Homosexual, Unitarian, young, British, female, disabled. Do you need more?
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 12:53 PM
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    cherub1965
    Get over yourself. I have both a physical disability and a chronic mental illness. I am in pain every step I take, every day I live, every little thing I do. I do not begrudge a parking place to someone who might have a panic attack if they had to walk through a crowd to get where they are going, and neither ought you if you have any kind of empathy.
    Originally posted by Trialia
    used to have panic attacks myself following the assault that left me like this so yes i do have empathy.you get over yourself.i hated going anywere crowded and wouldnt go out without my partner.
    my mother is ill at the moment after a total breakdown since my brothers death at xmas so dont say i havent any empathy with people.
    and doesnt it get to you when people without badges park in these places? thats who i was getting at,not the poster.read it again!!!!!
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 12:55 PM
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    cherub1965
    You sound so ignorant! I take it you've been out with someone with mental health problems who is in the middle of a meltdown? It's not nice and they do need to get to somwhere safe.
    Originally posted by sh1305
    read post 12 before you call me ignorant
  • Trialia
    used to have panic attacks myself following the assault that left me like this so yes i do have empathy.you get over yourself.i hated going anywere crowded and wouldnt go out without my partner.
    my mother is ill at the moment after a total breakdown since my brothers death at xmas so dont say i havent any empathy with people.
    and doesnt it get to you when people without badges park in these places? thats who i was getting at,not the poster.read it again!!!!!
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    Having empathy with your family is something you ought to have from birth anyway. Other people, apparently you don't have as much as you think you do or you wouldn't be behaving like this. You may say you weren't "getting at" the poster, but think again about that - if it had been me making that post and having your response, I would definitely have felt "got at"! And I'm not oversensitive, either.

    This isn't about people without badges parking in those places, it's about whether or not the OP should be entitled to get a badge to park there, so go air your grievances about people who aren't even bothering to get the badges someplace else.
    Homosexual, Unitarian, young, British, female, disabled. Do you need more?
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 1:07 PM
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    cherub1965
    You sound so ignorant! I take it you've been out with someone with mental health problems who is in the middle of a meltdown? It's not nice and they do need to get to somwhere safe.
    Originally posted by sh1305
    not ignorant at all,and yes i have been as i said if you bothered to read all the posts.
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