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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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  • idvi
    hi guys, please dont fight

    i've done an online form on the council website for the bluebadge, now i just have to post a photo off!

    just will have to wait then but ill tell everyone how it goes.......because it seems that you dont often get bluebadge for mental health.

    would be good to hear from anyone else that has gone one because of similar problems?
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 1:15 PM
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    cherub1965
    i see your point,and i agree with you.i'm just getting my point accross,not at you hon.its just so many people abuse the system and the genuine people struggle as a result.i used to suffer panic attacks after an assault and hated going anywere crowded.
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 3rd Jul 10, 1:36 PM
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    cherub1965
    dont worry about it idvi,hope you get one if it makes your life easier,i was just asking how come you needed it really.
    some people come on this forum and just wait to pounce and argue with people.am not ignorant,as i said my friend has exact same issues as yourself but she doesnt really go out much.i have had panic attacks and yes they are scarey.am not saying for one minute it compares with your problems.i see now you have explained why one would make your life easier.
    the only thing with shopping centres,supermarkets etc,if they are on private land the badge doesnt count.there is nobody to enforce it.traffic wardens cant book people,its down to the people who own the centres to employ people to go round checking cars.
  • darknesshayz
    Cherub1965, I understand your anger about people using/abusing Disaubled Bays.... dont get me started lol.... Whenever I go to Morrisions, with my mum (she is a BB holder), we managed to park in a Bay, and I get out walking slowly (as I am in pain), and look at the other cars, and see if they have a bagde, and if they dont, oooooh I get so angry, I rant about it... I am hoping to get a BB on different grounds to Mental Health issues, I might be able to get one as I am pasically sighted, so its up to who ever.

    I rarely go out now, due to mental iusses, but I dont want to try and get a BB on that.

    The guinue do suffer, thanks to the fakes.... I can go on, but I best stop.
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 5:11 PM
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    Indie Kid
    I might be able to get one as I am pasically sighted, so its up to who ever.
    Originally posted by darknesshayz
    I tried last year to get one because of my sight. The criteria was very misleading - it said "yo qualify if you receive mobility allowance" - which I do (lower DLA) and got turned down. This is despite the fact that I can only see about 12 feet (with glasses) and have various conditions which cause pain and tiredness.
  • sunnyone
    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
    the ability to drive has nothing at all to do with BBs, it might get you a bus pass (as the OP has already mentioned) but not a BB.
  • Trialia
    the ability to drive has nothing at all to do with BBs, it might get you a bus pass (as the OP has already mentioned) but not a BB.
    Originally posted by sunnyone
    Mm. I'm sorry, I'm just a bit foggy today. *g* You're right about that, obviously.
    Homosexual, Unitarian, young, British, female, disabled. Do you need more?
    • McKneff
    • By McKneff 3rd Jul 10, 8:01 PM
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    McKneff
    Give over you lot.

    OP, i really wouldnt bother.
    Blue badges are for people with physical mobility problems, not mental problems, how on earth do you think being able to park near the shop would help your mental problem. If you are going to go into meltdown, then stay in the car till it passes. You dont qualfy for a badge simply because you hate walking through crowds.
    Going into a nearby shop and having a meltdown would be 10 times worse for you and embarrasing which would make you feel even more panicky.

    My OH has no sight in one eye and no peripheral vision in his other, so not only is his sight restricted, his balance is off and i always have to be there on his 'blind side' we got a resounding no to the request so to be honest i wouldnt demean my self for the sake of walking a few extra yards.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 9:37 PM
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    Indie Kid
    Give over you lot.

    OP, i really wouldnt bother.
    Blue badges are for people with physical mobility problems, not mental problems, how on earth do you think being able to park near the shop would help your mental problem.
    Originally posted by McKneff
    Right, that's why it's possible for those on HRM with severe mental impairment (SMI) to get a blue badge - despite the fact that they have no physical mobility problems.

    As for staying in the car until a meltdown passes - how does one do that if they're in the middle of shopping and suddenly has a meltdown?
  • Aputsiaq
    hi guys, please dont fight

    i've done an online form on the council website for the bluebadge, now i just have to post a photo off!

    just will have to wait then but ill tell everyone how it goes.......because it seems that you dont often get bluebadge for mental health.

    would be good to hear from anyone else that has gone one because of similar problems?
    Originally posted by idvi
    Why would it be good to hear of someone who got a badge for the same reasons?

    Its absolutely crazy what goes on with these things....every man and his dog wants a blue badge because they can park in the middle of town or get free parking in some cases....no thought at all whether they 'really' need it.

    Those badges should be for people who have considerable trouble walking or cannot walk....only!!
    And most councils agree....as most now stipulate that you MUST be in receipt of Higher Mobility DLA to get one.

    Quite right too!
  • Aputsiaq
    Cherub1965, I understand your anger about people using/abusing Disaubled Bays.... dont get me started lol.... Whenever I go to Morrisions, with my mum (she is a BB holder), we managed to park in a Bay, and I get out walking slowly (as I am in pain), and look at the other cars, and see if they have a bagde, and if they dont, oooooh I get so angry, I rant about it... I am hoping to get a BB on different grounds to Mental Health issues, I might be able to get one as I am pasically sighted, so its up to who ever.

    I rarely go out now, due to mental iusses, but I dont want to try and get a BB on that.

    The guinue do suffer, thanks to the fakes.... I can go on, but I best stop.
    Originally posted by darknesshayz
    And how do you know who is a fake or not? Who made you judge?

    If you see a car in the car park with no blue badge showing and he is in a BB space, its none of your business...why get angry over something you know nothing about?

    The BB spaces in Morrisons belong to Morrisons.....not the council.....and they can have anyone they like parking there.
    As my daughter did not so long ago when she asked for permission to do so under special circumstances and not having a blue badge.

    Take care of your own business and let other people deal with theirs.
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 10:07 PM
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    Indie Kid
    Those badges should be for people who have considerable trouble walking or cannot walk....only!!
    And most councils agree....as most now stipulate that you MUST be in receipt of Higher Mobility DLA to get one.

    Quite right too!
    Originally posted by Aputsiaq
    Mobility is a lot more than walking. So, according to your post, people with uncontrollable epilepsy (which can be dangerous in certain situations) shouldn't get a blue badge, neither should blind people? Yes, both groups of people can wak; but there's safety here too.
  • Aputsiaq
    Mobility is a lot more than walking. So, according to your post, people with uncontrollable epilepsy (which can be dangerous in certain situations) shouldn't get a blue badge, neither should blind people? Yes, both groups of people can wak; but there's safety here too.
    Originally posted by sh1305
    How is which parking space you use in the centre of a town anything whatsoever to do with safety?

    Your "safety" argument would only come into play if it were a space outside a shop door but many BB spaces are NOT outside the doors.
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 3rd Jul 10, 11:37 PM
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    Indie Kid
    How is which parking space you use in the centre of a town anything whatsoever to do with safety?

    Your "safety" argument would only come into play if it were a space outside a shop door but many BB spaces are NOT outside the doors.
    Originally posted by Aputsiaq
    You're wrong - BB spaces ARE outside the shop doors.
  • Aputsiaq
    You're wrong - BB spaces ARE outside the shop doors.
    Originally posted by sh1305
    No they are not. How can they possibly be? There are precints in towns that you cannot even take a car down.

    Why not read my post properly?....you are far too quick to say "You are wrong".
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 4th Jul 10, 2:51 PM
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    cherub1965
    here here!!! me thinks sh is bitter as she cant get one after trying twice?? my point was they cant drive with their problems so whoever is driving them would be there with them to support them if they panicked or had a meltdown.does my head in when i cant get near where i need to go.when i am having a good day,rarely lately i dont use a disabled bay so somebody else can use it who might need it more than me at that time.
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 4th Jul 10, 2:55 PM
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    cherub1965
    most people dont ask permission though.i dont even go asda anymore.they have loads of bays but they are full of cars with no badge,its not a case of who can use them or not on private land,its a case of a bit of thought and respect for people with difficulty walking.am sure your daughter needed it at that time and at least she asked first.
    • cherub1965
    • By cherub1965 4th Jul 10, 3:10 PM
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    cherub1965
    higher rate automatically entitles you,lower doesnt unfortunately
    • Indie Kid
    • By Indie Kid 4th Jul 10, 3:13 PM
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    Indie Kid
    here here!!! me thinks sh is bitter as she cant get one after trying twice?? my point was they cant drive with their problems so whoever is driving them would be there with them to support them if they panicked or had a meltdown.does my head in when i cant get near where i need to go.when i am having a good day,rarely lately i dont use a disabled bay so somebody else can use it who might need it more than me at that time.
    Originally posted by cherub1965
    It's not always that simple though.
    • harleq1962
    • By harleq1962 4th Jul 10, 3:20 PM
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    harleq1962
    lower rate dla
    getting the lower rate dosent mean you wont get a blue badge, the council can get in touch with your GP and witht their support a blue badge will be issued, but it does depend on the GP.
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