Hello there, Can anyone help? I had a severeB/D in 2009 and have not been able to work since. I was on contract at a school in special measures. 5 other teachers had been in the post before me and all of them left within a few weeks...I couldn't afford to. I was too ill to deal with anything and my union 'tried' to help. I wasn't referred to Occupational Health and did not get any kind of counselling until 16 months later. I was forced to put in for ill-health retirement with only my GP's support (was on a long list for CBT counselling which I never got). To all intent and purposes, my employment at the school has been hidden (as a lot of strange things were happening there). I am still very fragile but suddenly my ESA stopped and I was told to apply for Jobseekers. I did this and they said you should still be on ESA. My early retirement was turned down as not enough evidence of medical treatment, I've had no income, not even basic benefits, since June 2011. The CAB are looking into this now but no food unless the family donate. Making me worse, can't sleep. How do I get ill health retirement?