Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Claims

PTSD government help and benefits


PTSD government help and benefits

A mental health condition is considered a disability under the Equality Act 2010 if it has a long-term effect on your normal day-to-day activity. Those suffering from PTSD therefore may be entitled to help, but mental health provision in the UK is often patchy and has been described as a ‘Cinderella service’.

While benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Universal Credit, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) may be available, practical help and assistance tends to come from charities such as Rethink and Mind or military support groups like Forces in the Community for ex-service men and women.

PTSD victims may also be entitled to claim Housing Benefit and be eligible for Council Tax support and discounts. In general, government support is either means-tested, based on current income and savings, or based on National Insurance contributions and an assessment of the level of your disability.

If your diagnosed PTSD is considered ‘mild’, an approach called ‘watchful waiting’ may be taken. This involves monitoring your symptoms to see whether they improve or get worse. Two in every three people who develop problems after a traumatic experience get better without treatment within a few weeks, so will be unlikely to need any support other than from their GP.

To find out exactly what you are entitled to, visit your local Jobcentre Plus or other useful sources of help and information such as the Gov.UK website.

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