Change in the UK mental health sector

Change in the UK mental health sector

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Priscilla Gitahi-Upton started this petition to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and

I suffer from reoccurring psychotic mental health illness that lasts about three weeks and with medication the situation is quickly treated. The problem I have is that with the illness I have to notify UK DVLA medical group, under the advice of my Psychiatrist, who also informs me that I am able to drive. Once the DVLA Medical Group are informed they promptly take action of taking away your Drivers License and start a process of enquiries that can last up to 6 months. These processes that take six months are really to establish what your psychiatrist has said “that you’re able to drive”. 

Mental health is an illness that most people don’t quite understand. It is a condition that is treated with medication. What I think is that, DVLA in the UK have little or no sympathy for those that have mental health illnesses. The act of taking away your freedom to drive and then spending 6 months making a decision that has already been done from the time you’re discharged to me shows a very poor systematic process, that does very little to enable mental health sufferers to get back to work. They say you cannot drive for at least three months, I ask them that my job depends on me driving, who will pay the bills? My business needs me to drive, who will pay for my lost opportunity costs and loss of income? 

I would like them to change the way these decisions are made. Their systems should be more joined up with the NHS so that when your psychiatrist makes a decision, DVLA are able to effectively decide when you can drive. At the moment I will have to fill up paperwork, which takes up to 14 days, then they will need to write to my psychiatrist which will take up to 6 weeks. Their decisions take another 6 to 8 weeks, and that is if they decide to let you drive. If they revoke your license, the process takes a longer time. 

According to mind UK “How common are mental health problems? Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week”. Signing this petition means that you’re able to make a difference to a relative, a friend, a neighbour or even a celebrity. Please sign and together we can make a difference in how people with mental health conditions are treated. 

Many thanks 

priscilla Gitahi-Upton 

 

 

 

 

 

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