Navigating the social security system

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Navigating the benefits system is often experienced as deeply confusing and frustrating. Individuals are eligible for different benefits depending on their personal circumstances but also where they live in the country. It is also for many people one of the most important and urgent things to put in place, and one of the most practical ways in which one can offer support.

The voices might be pointing to, or triggered by, stressors in the voice-hearer’s life. Practical support to resolve problems may be more helpful than exploring the voices.


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Voices at work or while studying: Benefits and financial assistance. A section of this website devoted to information about financial assistance.

Mental Health and Money Advice. This website provides clear, practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money. The pages on Welfare Benefits might be particularly useful.

Recovery in the Bin’s advice links include both free resources and those where fees apply.

The Carers’ Trust offers information on benefits.

Support in Mind Scotland offer a mental health and money helpline.

Activist and campaigning organisations such as Disabled People Against Cuts can be important sources of support and information.

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