With two years of a pandemic, followed by the cost of living crisis, it is little wonder that we are now facing a mental health emergency. Poor mental health can affect the way you deal with money. You may be more impulsive, taking less care with budgeting or spending decisions, resulting in spending more than you’re able to afford. You may feel unable to face the possible results, leaving bills unopened and not communicating with your bank. These tasks may feel overwhelming, but it’s not a sign of weakness to reach out and ask for help … it’s the first step of getting control of your finances back.
For free, impartial debt and money advice, GMMAP are here to help.
The Samaritans provide non-judgemental listening services, whatever your situation they will face it with you. The Samaritans can be called any time on 116 123.
The Mental Health & Money Advice website provides free and impartial information, support and advice for anyone affected by mental health and money issues.
Mind empower people to understand their mental health and the choices.
You may be entitled to help with benefits. Even if you have a regular income, savings or both, you may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) if you need help with everyday tasks (ages 16+ to under State Pension age). Those over state pension age may be able to claim Attendance Allowance. If you’re unable to work for an extended length of time due to your illness and cannot receive Statutory Sick Pay, you may be able to claim Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance*.