“Work has many benefits – not just the financial ones. It’s a place where people can achieve their ambitions and create a role in society. It’s where people can make friends and social contacts. So, for many people, work is something that they really enjoy doing.
“Having to leave work because of ill health not only causes financial problems. It can lower self-esteem and result in the loss of a whole network of social contacts. So how do you cope with a range of work-related issues when you develop ME/CFS?”
This detailed leaflet provides information and advice about stopping work or cutting back hours, keeping in touch with people at work while off sick, and negotiating a possible return to work while making reasonable adjustments.
It also looks at work-related benefits, other types of practical and financial help that may be available, early retirement on the grounds of ill-health, and how the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Equality Act 2010 relate to people with M.E.
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.