Benefits for people with mental problems


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Atalante

yes .... and you just try getting of these benefits, even with severe mental
health problems - I've found it pretty much impossible
 
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Pat Winstanley

yes .... and you just try getting of these benefits, even with severe mental
health problems - I've found it pretty much impossible
And others with mental problems don't find it at all impossible.

There are some very good guides around to help people who are claiming
benefit on the grounds of a mental disability/illness.
 
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Atalante

really? could you tell me where some are ..... please ....?
 
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Pat Winstanley

really? could you tell me where some are ..... please ....?
Claimants or guides? Or both?

I'm an example of such a claimant.

Ted (Hutchinson) is the one with the URLs to the various manuals... have
a hunt through his postings over the past few months. He posts the
relevant URLs regularly.

I seem to recall he posted something in the last week or so saying there
was some updating of the online manuals at the moment.
 
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Atalante

Thanks. As I'm sure you know, I'm totally new here .....

I've been trying to get some benefits as I haven't been able to work for the
last two years due to a mental disability. The problem is I've got a
completely psycho GP who thinks there's nothing wrong with me, and the DWP
also ask him to comment on applications, rather than my psychiatrist....

Thanks for your help, Pat
 
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Pat Winstanley

Subject: Re: Benefits for people with mental problems
From: "Atalante" <[email protected]_elves.com>
Newsgroups: uk.gov.social-security
I've been trying to get some benefits as I haven't been able to work for the
last two years due to a mental disability. The problem is I've got a
completely psycho GP who thinks there's nothing wrong with me, and the DWP
also ask him to comment on applications, rather than my psychiatrist....
Which benefit(s) are you trying to claim?

Incapacity Benefit is for those who are incapable of work because of
illness. This normally is paid on submission of a doctor's note.

Disability Living Allowance is for those who need help with daily
care/mobility because of disability (which may or may not be caused by
illness... for instance a healthy person who is blind, has no legs etc
would be able to claim, as would someone with reduced mobility or
capabability of self care because of illness). Generally you can't claim
on the grounds you have X illness, but on the grounds of what and how
much help you need with personal care and/or mobility.

For instance someone who suffers from agorophobia could qualify for the
mobility component of DLA if they can't really get out and about
(strange places) alone, but can if they have someone with them for
support). If they can't get out and about even with support then they
probably won't qualify for the mobility side.

Similarly someone whose mental disability is such that they can't look
after themselves personally (bathing, dressing, communicating, simple
cooking etc) may qualify for the care component.
 
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