Can I claim benefits if I leave my job due to depression? If you were previously employed (or still are) and suffer from depression, you may claim benefits. This Your Benefits article will walk you through all you need to know.
Can I claim benefits if I leave my job due to depression?
You may have depression or another mental health problem. Indeed, then, you may qualify for some benefits. In fact, they may allow you to do different things.
First, they may help you to pay for daily living costs. Indeed, this could include things such as food and rent. Furthermore, they may help you find work again. This is the case for benefits like Universal Credit.
You may live in England. If this is the case, here is a list of some benefits that you could claim for depression:
- Support for Mortgage Interest;
- Incapacity Benefit;
- Attendance Allowance (AA);
- Severe Disablement Allowance;
- Cold Weather Payment;
- Council Tax discounts and exemptions;
- Income Support;
- Social Fund;
- Statutory Sick Pay;
- Welfare Benefits for Mental Health;
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA);
- Housing Benefit;
- Working Tax Credits;
- Universal Credit;
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
You may want to resign because of bad work conditions. Always check first if there are other alternatives. Indeed, otherwise, your or your partner’s benefits could be impacted.
The standard allowance of Universal Credit usually pays this much. However, resigning without a good reason might entitle you for less:
|Universal Credit standard allowance rates in 2022
|Your personal circumstance
|Standard allowance rate (per month)
|You have a partner, and at least one of you is 25 years or older
|£509.91 (for the couple)
|You have a partner, and you are both younger than 25 years old
|£403.93 (for the couple)
|You are younger than 25 years old and single
|You are 25 years or older and single
You may not have another job lined up after the one that you leave. Then, you may claim benefits for depression right after you leave your job. More specifically, on and after the date when you know you will stop your work. However, you need a good reason for doing so. Otherwise, you could get less money with benefits for 3 months.
Can I leave my work if I don’t feel safe there?
You may not feel safe at your current work. Indeed, you may then choose to resign. It is better to resign than staying in a job where you are unsure about your safety and mental well being.
Indeed, the following may be true for you. You are under the impression that:
- You are harassed or bullied by your employer or colleagues;
- Going to work is an activity that makes you feel afraid;
- You feel that your safety is at risk when you go to work.
You may have told your employer about your resignation. However, you need to then send your employer a letter or email confirming what you said. Indeed, it is very important that you have a written trace of your resignation.
Can I be helped when applying for these benefits?
If you have depression, you may earn the benefits listed previously. However, the application process may be hard. Note that you may apply online or find the forms you need on the Gov.UK website.
Note that applications and certain benefits often have time limits or deadlines. Indeed, you may not go over a certain time threshold to submit your application. If you have depression, this may be disconcerting. However, there is a solution. If you believe that you need to more time to complete an application, contact the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
How can I resign due to depression?
Make sure you are sure that you want to resign first. Then, if you want to do so, you may go ahead with the procedure.
First, make sure you know how many days of notice you need to give your employer. Indeed, you may find this either in the staff handbook or in your contract. However, you may want to give less notice.
Second, you need to tell your employer that you want to resign in writing. You do not have to tell them about your mental health problem. However, if your mental health condition is affected by things happening at work, you may then tell them.
You should indicate the following in your written email or letter:
- The number of days of notice you are giving your employer;
- The exact date of your last day of work.
You do not have to write your reason for leaving in your resignation letter. However, you may do so. Indeed, this is the case if your resignation is following something said or done by your employer, for example. Then, this will be proof if you decide to take legal action.
What if my employer does not want to pay me everything I am due?
You must check that you were paid everything you were due before you leave your job. Indeed, if you were not, talk with your employer.
If talking to your employer does not work, you may raise a grievance. Indeed, this is if you did not leave your work yet, and is something your employer is not able to ignore. The grievance procedures may be indicated in your employer’s handbook.
However, there may not be a grievance procedure for you to follow. Otherwise, it could be that you left your work already. In this case, write a letter to your employer. The following information should be indicated:
- The exact date on which you left your workplace;
- How much you believe your employer still needs to pay you (include how that amount was calculated);
- When you expect to receive payments;
- Proof for the claims that you made (these should be copies of proof).
What if my depression was keeping me from doing my work?
You might have been sanctioned because of not having a good enough reason to have left your work. In this case, you may challenge the sanction. Indeed, this is if you believe that your mental health kept you from being able to work.