Here you’ll find a wide range of over 100 factsheets on topics from medication to the Mental Health Act, which have been created by experts at Rethink Mental Illness’ Advice and Information Service. All of them have achieved the Information Standard for their clarity and simplicity.
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This factsheet might be useful to you if you have depression or if you think you might have depression. It gives information on the symptoms and causes of depression, as well as the treatments the NHS may offer you. It can also help you if you’re a carer, friend or relative of someone with depression.Download
After social services have assessed you and they decide you have eligible needs, you can ask for direct payments. Direct Payments are the money payments you get to pay for your care and support. This factsheet gives information about direct payments and how they work.Download
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a benefit which helps with the additional costs of ill health or disability.Download
You cannot make a new claim for DLA because it is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
You can find more information on this in our ‘Personal Independence Payment’ factsheet.
If you are already getting DLA, you will continue to receive your benefit until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contacts you about reassessment for PIP. The DWP will eventually reassess everyone aged between 16 and 64. This is a gradual process. Reassessment of people on DLA began in October 2013 and is likely to continue until 2018. This factsheet pis for people who are still receiving DLA.
This factsheet looks at how your detention under sections 2, 3 and 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 can end. Detention means that you are taken to hospital and treated against your will. This is also known as sectioning. For more information on sectioning please see our ‘Mental Health Act’ factsheet.
This factsheet may be useful if you feel that you have been treated unfairly (discriminated against) because of your mental illness. This factsheet explains the Equality Act 2010 which covers disability discrimination. It explains how the Equality Act might apply to you, when you are at work, applying for jobs or using services.Download
This factsheet may be useful if there is a history of mental illness in your family, and you are concerned that you may be also be affected. You may also find it useful if you have a mental illness yourself, and are concerned about the risk of your relatives having the same condition.Download
You have to tell the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) if you have certain mental illnesses. This factsheet explains how and when to notify the DVLA about your illness. It also sets out what could happen once the DVLA know about your illness, and how to challenge a decision if you think it is wrong. There is also information about medication and driving.Download
This factsheet explains how using drugs can affect your mental health. It also sets out how you can get help to stop taking drugs if you have a mental illness. Download