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pjgumna Community member Posts: 20 Connected
My doctor confirmed that my mental health is classed as a disability.  Am I able to claim any benefits and what is the procedure and evidence needed? I suffer with complex PTSD, acute anxiety, and chronic depression. 


  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community member Posts: 7,943 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @pjgumna I will tag @poppy123456 to offer some advice :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • thespiceman
    thespiceman Community member Posts: 6,388 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @pjgumna   Pleased to meet you.

    Please if I can advise the following . Please read carefully this is a lot of information and will help you.

    I am one of the team of Community Champions.

    I would contact the following mental health charities.




    Please can I add they offer floating support, advice on guidance, information on mental health welfare.

    Benefits, doing form filling in, attending assessments and anything else they can help with.

    Please note might not be in all areas.

    Please contact me if you need to ask any questions. Have mental health with addiction and a disability. Also have lots of useful advice on diet, nutrition which is often useful on any mental health conditions.

    Have qualifications, expertise and experience.

    Please take care.


    Community Champion
    SCOPE Volunteer Award Engaging Communities 2019
    Mental Health advice, guidance and information to all members
    Nutrition, Diet, Wellbeing, Addiction.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 55,097 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks @Ami2301 for the tag and sorry for the delay in replying.

    PIP maybe a possibility but this isn't awarded based on any diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. Relevant evidence will be needed to support your claim and this should state how your conditions affect you against the PIP descriptors.

    Expect a face to face assessment as most people have them, paper based assessments are rare. A claim could potentially take several months, maybe longer.

    As for any other benefit, then it will totally depend on your circumstances and with no information it's impossible to advise further but no benefit is awarded based on a diagnosis. I'd advise you to visit a local advice agency for a full benefits check.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Posts: 10,586 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @pjgumna, how are you today?

    If you use this benefit checker it will show what you might be entitled to.

    Please do let us know how you get on. :)

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