You could get Universal Credit if you can’t work because of your mental health. You could also get it if you work fewer hours or are in lower paid work because of your mental health. This will give you a set amount of money each month for living expenses and can help towards housing costs like rent.
If you’re not fit for work you’ll need to give the Department of Work and Pensions a fit note (sick note) when you apply. You can find more information on this and how to make a claim on the Citizens Advice website.
If you’re already receiving benefits like Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Housing Benefit, tax credits and Old Style Employment and Support Allowance, you’ll continue to be paid them. Over the next few years you’ll be moved to Universal Credit. If you have a change before then and need to make a new claim, seek advice before moving to Universal Credit to make sure you won’t be worse off.