Mind and CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) have launched the first edition of the Mental Health and Benefits Handbook, thanks to the support of Fusion 21, Riverside and the Northwick Trust.
This brand new online Handbook is a comprehensive guide to benefits for people who have mental health problems. It provides practical advice and guidance for the different stages of benefit claims and health assessments and the problems that might be encountered during the process.
Mind asked people with lived experience of mental health problems and the benefits system to share their insights, and used this experience to help inform the guidance and examples.
The Handbook includes an overview of various mental health symptoms and gives guidance about how and when to ask about them. It includes information about giving good advice and support to people struggling with their mental health.
It is also helpful for carers, families and professionals who may be helping someone with a mental health problem apply for benefits. Looking at the steps that can be taken and the legal levers that are available to help support and navigate clients through the complex social security system.
To find out more and download the Handbook, please click below.