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Our campaign on benefits

Support from benefits can give people help to live with independence and dignity.

However, many of you have told us that you aren’t getting the support you need or being treated fairly and with respect, because of a lack of understanding about mental health and negative stereotypes of people on benefits.

That is why we are campaigning for a fairer benefits system that better understands and supports you. We need your help to make this ambition a reality.

Below you will find information about the different issues we campaign on. Each section will explain our ongoing work as well as give you a chance to get involved and help us campaign for change. You will also find information on where you can find help and support as well as links to our most recent news stories.

 

"People should be nurtured through a situation when they're not feeling well instead of having to battle"

Work and you

Mainstream back-to-work schemes for people with mental health problems simply aren’t working. We need a new programme focusing on person-centred and specialist support that understands people with mental health problems and the challenges they face.

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Sanctions

We think people with mental health problems should be supported rather than threatened with sanctions. That is why we are campaigning to make benefits sanctions fairer for people with mental health problems.

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PIP

The Government is replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). We are campaigning to make sure the new benefit works for people with mental health problems.

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The WCA

You told us too many of you are receiving poor and inaccurate assessments. This is having a negative impact on your health and means you don’t get the right kind of support. We are campaigning for improvements to the WCA so that it is more fair and effective for you.

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News

We regularly comment on Government announcements and other news stories. These comments and press releases provide insight on our campaign work and views on certain issues.

Read our news stories here

Help and support

Find out where you can find help if you are having problems with benefits.

What help you can get?

Share your story - Change the debate

The negative portrayal of people supported by benefits has stigmatised millions of people in real need of support, and distorted public attitudes.

This is why Mind has helped to set up the ‘Who Benefits?’ campaign, which is calling for a better debate about benefits.

We need you to tell your story about why you have needed support and what it has meant to you. If you haven’t needed support from benefits you can still support the campaign.

You can also tell us about problems you've experienced with benefits.

Join the campaign

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Would you like to help us to campaign for a better deal for people with mental health problems?

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Tell us your experience

You can help our campaign by telling us about problems with the benefits system that you’ve experienced.

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Find help and support

Find out where you can find help if you are having problems with benefits.

What help you can get?

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

> Read our A-Z

Training

Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems.

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