01/03/2024

If you have additional needs due to a mental health condition, you may be eligible for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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According to the latest statistics for January 2023, more than 3.2 million people across the UK have claimed benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions. This includes 319,000 people living in Scotland who apply for the Alternative or Adult Disability Payment (ADP) and can amount to £619 each month.



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There are 1.2 million people applying for PIP for a “psychiatric disorder” and this represents 37% of all applicants. This is an umbrella term used by DWP as the main category of disabling condition recorded at the time of application, which also includes sub-categories and therefore specific health conditions.

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Hundreds of long-term health conditions are supported through PIP or ADP, but the list is not final and contains an “unknown” category. DWP statistics for PIP conditions point to an increase in the number of people requiring psychiatric disorders, reports the Daily Record.

It comes as new research from the Mental Health Foundation shows more than a million adults across Scotland have experienced levels of anxiety that prevent them from going about their daily lives. A survey conducted by Opinium on behalf of the charity showed 70% of adults had experienced some anxiety, while 58% said they had experienced anxiety that interfered with their daily lives in the last two weeks .

The research marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 15-21 May, with the charity sounding the alarm about the impact of anxiety on adults. More than a quarter (27%) said they experienced anxiety and felt anxious enough to prevent them from doing what they wanted or needed most or all of the time in the past two weeks.

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