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Benefits FAQ

Brief answers to some of the most common questions that our Infoline receives about benefits.

Mind's services

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

Citizens Advice

03444 111 444 (Adviceline)
03444 111 445 (Text relay)
Free, confidential information and advice on your rights, including with money, housing, legal and other problems.

Disability Rights UK
Information and support for people living with a disability.

Lists government services and information.


0808 800 3333
Provides practical information and emotional support for disabled people.

The Advocacy People
Charity providing advocacy services, including IMHA services. (Formerly known as SEAP).

Shelter England

0808 800 4444
Provides free, confidential advice on housing and homelessness in England.

Helps people in financial difficulty to access benefits, grants and support services.

This information was published in November 2016.

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