Hi, Welcome!

The community is a safe space for people living with and connected to arthritis to ask questions and share experiences. Get started by registering here and posting your first comment or question!

Sign In with a Versus Arthritis account

However your life is impacted by arthritis we want to understand more about you so that we can make sure we continue to develop our information, support and services such as the online community.

If you've not already, please take 5 -10 minutes to fill in our survey. All information you provide will remain anonymous and be treated in the strictest confidence. TAKE OUR SURVEY

Really need help stressing out

JayukJayuk Posts: 24
edited 15. Sep 2019, 07:13 in Work and Financial
Hi everyone I've currently been off work for 6 months and have now gone on half pay is there anything I can claim as this will just cover my rent and Bill's and wont have anything left over. Feeling like I'm having to go back into work when I'm still having investigations and just not up to going back yet. Feeling stressed and down with it all.


  • Mike1Mike1 Posts: 618 ✭✭✭
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Get hold of your nearest CAB as soon as you can, depending upon your condition/prognosis you may be able to claim ESA and PIP but be warned there are likely to be considerable delays on both but if approved they will be back-dated to the date of claiming. I think that Universal Credit will fill the gap too. Also check out https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
  • moderatormoderator Posts: 4,083 mod
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Jayuk

    You might like to talk in confidence to our free Helplines which are open Monday–Friday, 9am–8pm on 0800 5200 520

    They may well be able to provide some practical suggestions on who to get in touch with regarding financial support and also how to cope with stress, strong feelings and coping with your situation.

  • Hi jayuk

    i am currently in the same place as you and had to agree with going back to work when I don’t feel ready, I applied for Pip but was refused, have appealed, my work have said I need to do work that is hard and sometimes heavy, they have supported some staff but feel they don’t want to support me

Leave a Comment

Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key.