Blue Badges and Mental Health in 2019


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Blue Badges and Mental Health in 2019


The Department for Transport has announced that it is extending the Blue Badge scheme so that more people with ‘invisible’ health problems, such as autism and mental health problems, can now apply.

About Blue Badges

Blue badges were originally introduced into the UK as Orange Badges, back in 1970 by the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970.

Not too much has changed since then, with the criteria of obtaining a badge being set around a person’s specific physical disabilities and subsequent benefits that entailed.

The Change

However, from 2019, those with less obvious conditions – such as mental health problems like depression or autism – will have the same right to park in disabled bays as those with physical disabilities.

The move comes following an eight-week consultation this year which highlighted that people with mental health problems often struggle with similar travel issues to the physically disabled.

So, if you consider that travelling in a car puts you (or your children if they have the disability) “at risk of serious harm to health or safety, and those who also find journeys cause “considerable physical distress” or have difficulty with “both the physical act and the experience of walking” can also now apply for 2019.

For more information or help with applying, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau, or look on their website

1 in 4 people in England need mental health support*

We’re here to ensure you do not have to face it alone.

If you feel like you need professional help, we’re a private mental health hospital in Windsor with nurses on hand 24 hours a day who provide expert clinical treatment.

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*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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