Money, benefits and mental health
Worrying about money can affect your mental health and living with a mental health condition can make managing money more difficult. This can lead to you being in a 'vicious cycle.'
This money and mental health page signposts you to our dedicated Mental Health & Money Advice website. It aims to help you understand, manage and improve your mental health and money issues.
Welfare benefits and mental health
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Personal Independent Payment (PIP) is a benefit you can claim if you need help with daily activities or getting around because of a long-term illness or disability. Read our dedicated PIP mental health guide, which will help you apply, fill in the PIP form and challenge a decision if needed.
Find out more Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Universal Credit (UC) is a benefit for people of working age who are on a low income or not well enough to work. Read our guide on applying for Universal Credit with a mental health condition.
Find out more Universal Credit
Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
If you're too unwell to work, you may be able to claim ESA.
Find out more Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
Benefits for mental health carers
Being a carer for someone living with a mental health condition might mean you can claim certain benefits to help you and the person you care for.
Find out more Benefits for mental health carers
Work Capability Assessment (WCA)
Find out what the Work Capability Assessment is if you apply for ESA or Universal Credit with a limited capability for work.
Find out more Work Capability Assessment (WCA)
Moving from DLA to PIP
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64. Find out how moving from DLA to PIP will affect you.
Find out more Moving from DLA to PIP
If you disagree with a decision the DWP makes about your benefits, you can ask them to look at it again. This is called a mandatory reconsideration.
Find out more Mandatory reconsideration
Appealing a benefit decision
If you disagree with the mandatory reconsideration decision, we explain how to appeal to a tribunal.
Find out more Appealing a benefit decision
Attendance Allowance is a benefit you can claim if you are over the state pension age, and your mental health or physical condition means you need help looking after yourself. Attendance Allowance can be used to pay for any extra help and support you might need.
Find out more Attendance Allowance
Financial help during a crisis
Managing money with a mental Illness
Mental health and money toolkit
The Mental Health and Money Toolkit is a resource to help you understand, manage and improve your mental and financial health. Download your free copy today.
Find out more Mental health and money toolkit
Managing money with a mental health condition
Managing your money can be difficult. Find out how to better manage your money with a mental health condition.
Find out more Managing money with a mental health condition
Options for dealing with debt
Debt can cause a lot of stress and impact your mental health, but there are always options for dealing with it. Find out how.
Find out more Options for dealing with debt
Can someone else manage my money for me?
An elected person can manage your money if you want them to because of your mental health. We explain how and what to consider before making any arrangements.
Find out more Can someone else manage my money for me?
Understand the rules around borrowing money and what options you have if you're too unwell to pay the money back.
Find out more Cancelling contracts
Wills and trust funds
You might care for someone who lives with a mental health illness. We explain how you can plan and manage any money or assets you may want to leave them by writing a will and setting up a trust.
Find out more Wills and trust funds
Managing your money if you go into hospital
We explain how to plan and manage your money if you have to go into hospital because of your mental health.
Find out more Managing your money if you go into hospital
Mental health and money tools
The saving calculator determines how long and how much you need to save to pay back debts or save for the things you want to buy in the future.
Find out more Savings calculator
The budget planner is free and can help you better manage and control your money. So give it a try today and plan your money better.
Find out more Budget planner
Universal credit money manager:
The Universal Credit money manager is brought to you by MoneyHelper. It's a free money management tool for people on Universal Credit. Fill out your details, and it will help you make the most of your money when you most need to.
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