In Response (no. 999) to…




(A kind of public service announcement :-))

If people are defrauding the system (and I have no evidence that they are not) then they should bear the following in mind. In the UK if you have a mental illness you can be sectioned (imprisoned against your will), forcibly medicated, prevented from voting, prevented from travelling abroad. Being sectioned can have a detrimental effect on the rest of your life. Certain countries refuse to accept people who have been sectioned, you may be barred from certain professions and if you are ever a victim of crime and you have to testify in court your history will be used against you when you take the stand. Those costs far outweigh any benefits there may be in feigning mental illness in the short term. It’s not a good road to go down because if you’re not mentally ill when you embark upon it you soon will be.


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