Managing Debt-Related Stress
The stress created by work-related debt can be overwhelming. It is common to report anxiety, overwhelm and depression when worrying persistently about money.
Below are a range of places where you can seek help for debt stress.
These involve charities that provide telephone counselling or face to face meetings. As well as how to get therapist referrals from the NHS, and a range of other useful resources.
National Charity Mind explains the link between money worries and mental heath including problems linked to avoidance, negative feelings and overspending.
They can offer:
- A helpline you can call on 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm Monday to Friday) or text 86463
- Mental health services in local communities across England and Wales.
- Side by Side is a supportive online community where you can listen, share and be heard.
The NHS website offers some useful information on coping with financial worries, including links to further resources and how to get a referral for a therapist near you.
Find an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) here (you’ll need to registered with a GP first)
Samaritans offers a confidential listening service to anyone who is in distress. This could include if you have money worries and are also experiencing suicidal thoughts. The service is available 24/7 and 365 days a year – the number is 116 123.
Every day, Samaritans volunteers respond to around 10,000 calls for help.
- A free phone line you can call 24/7
- Email support via firstname.lastname@example.org
- A self-help app so you can keep track of how you’re feeling, and get recommendations for things you can do to help yourself cope, feel better and stay safe in a crisis
SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers.
- A helpline you can call on 0300 304 7000 (4:30pm-10:30pm)
- Email support email@example.com
- The helpline is a confidential service for those aged 16 or over
Every day, Shout take around 1,500 conversations with children, young people and adults in immediate need of support with their mental health.
To start a conversation, text the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.
Shout is a free, confidential, anonymous service for anyone in the UK. It won’t appear on your phone bill.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason:
They can offer:
- call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
- free, anonymous webchat with trained CALM staff