If you have a mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia or anxiety you can get support with money, work and day-to-day life.
Get help with mental illness
NHS inform is NHS Scotland's health information service. It includes help and advice about how to access support and what to do if you're worried about mental illness.
Mental health and wellbeing – NHS Inform
Find information on what you can do if you think you have a mental health problem.
Mental health information – Scottish Association for Mental Health
Talking to trained mental health advisors can help you or someone you care for manage mental illness.
Free online and phone advice – Breathing Space Scotland
How we can help you – Samaritans
You can also call the non-emergency NHS number by dialling 111 if you're feeling unwell.
Understanding your rights
Having a mental illness means you have a right to support at work.
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland provides information on how the law supports you if you have a mental illness.
If you're treated unfairly and don't have money for a solicitor you might get help from legal aid.
Help with living costs
You can get sick pay for up to 28 weeks if you're too unwell to go to work.
How to get sick pay if you're unwell – GOV.UK
If you're ill you can be paid Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) whether you're in work or not.
Money Advice Service has a guide on the benefits and entitlements you might be able to claim if you've recently become sick or disabled.
Disability and sickness benefits – Money Advice Service
Calculate what benefits you can get and find out how to claim.
Benefits calculator – GOV.UK
Get advice about debt and how it can affect your mental wellbeing.
Debt and mental health – Stepchange Debt Charity
Find information about where you can get support with – and how to get out of – debt when you have a mental illness.
Get face-to-face advice about your situation.
Search for money advisers in your area – Scotland's Financial Health Service
Keeping your home
What you can do if you're behind with your rent payments.
Read about dealing with rent arrears
Advice if you live in supported accommodation – Shelter Scotland
An independent money advisor can help you apply to the Home Owners' Support Fund – run by the Scottish Government to help you stay in your home by:
reducing your mortgage repayments by buying up to 30% of your home; or
buying your home, allowing you to become a tenant
If you need legal advice about mortgage difficulties, going to court or repossession, you might be eligible for legal aid.