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Money and mental health

One in four of us suffer from mental health issues at some point in our life. These issues often make it more difficult to take control of your money.
 
This short questionnaire will help you find the support you need for any money or mental health problems you are facing. Whatever your issues are, you are not alone and there is help available.
 
One in four of us suffer from mental health issues at some point in our life. These issues often make it more difficult to take control of your money.
 
This short questionnaire will help you find the support you need for any money or mental health problems you are facing. Whatever your issues are, you are not alone and there is help available.
 
Do you feel anxious or afraid when thinking about money and that you can’t take control of your finances?
Yes
No
Sometimes

More than half of all adults in the UK have experienced concerns over their own mental health or wellbeing because of money worries at some point in their lives.

 

Even if you are not sure whether you have a mental health issue, poor mental wellbeing can affect the way you deal with money (opens YouTube).

 

Go to the Money Advice Service for tips on how to stay on the top of things when you don’t feel like doing anything.

 

If you are continually feeling low and it starts affecting your day-to-day life you should seek help from your GP. Book an appointment with your GP, or follow these links for information on how to access mental health services:

 

Whatever you're going through, you can call the Samaritans for free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.

 

More than half of all adults in the UK have experienced concerns over their own mental health or wellbeing because of money worries at some point in their lives.

 

Even if you are not sure whether you have a mental health issue, poor mental wellbeing can affect the way you deal with money (opens YouTube).

 

Go to the Money Advice Service for tips on how to stay on the top of things when you don’t feel like doing anything.

 

If you are continually feeling low and it starts affecting your day-to-day life you should seek help from your GP. Book an appointment with your GP, or follow these links for information on how to access mental health services:

 

Whatever you're going through, you can call the Samaritans for free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.

 

Do you avoid opening letters or answering the phone in case it might be people you owe money to?
Yes
No
Sometimes

If you’re finding it hard to make the ends meet, see if any of these articles can help you stretch your money further:

 

If you owe money, it can be tempting to avoid facing up to things, especially if you’re feeling low. It's hard to take the first step but there are lots of free, confidential services that offer face to face, online or phone appointments. They deal with thousands of people every week and are non-judgemental. They will speak to your creditors and put you on the right path.

 

If you’re unsure what to do, StepChange webchat service offers immediate online support. You can also use the Money Advice Service debt advice locator tool to help find free debt advisers near you.

If you’re finding it hard to make the ends meet, see if any of these articles can help you stretch your money further:

 

If you owe money, it can be tempting to avoid facing up to things, especially if you’re feeling low. It's hard to take the first step but there are lots of free, confidential services that offer face to face, online or phone appointments. They deal with thousands of people every week and are non-judgemental. They will speak to your creditors and put you on the right path.

 

If you’re unsure what to do, StepChange webchat service offers immediate online support. You can also use the Money Advice Service debt advice locator tool to help find free debt advisers near you.

Has something happened that has made it difficult for you to manage your money?
Yes
No

Many people struggle with money, especially following a traumatic life event which can negatively affect mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

Many people struggle with money, especially following a traumatic life event which can negatively affect mental health.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you suffer with anxiety or panic attacks when you think about money?
Yes
No
Sometimes

Anxiety can show itself in many ways, such as feeling restless, being constantly on edge, irritability, difficulty concentrating or avoiding your friends.

 

The NHS has put together a guide to help you deal with panic attacks and anxiety

 

If money worries are making you anxious, however big or small your problem, you can get free, impartial advice to help take away the stress.

Anxiety can show itself in many ways, such as feeling restless, being constantly on edge, irritability, difficulty concentrating or avoiding your friends.

 

The NHS has put together a guide to help you deal with panic attacks and anxiety

 

If money worries are making you anxious, however big or small your problem, you can get free, impartial advice to help take away the stress.

Do you shop or spend to feel better, but feel guilty afterwards?
Yes
No
Sometimes

Buying things to cheer yourself up or to forget about your problems can give you an instant buzz that disappears quickly. Even if you don’t do it often, it can quickly turn into a habit.

 

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute has a list of apps to help you manage online spending. If you have overspent and regret it, you could cancel or return items and get the money back. If you’re having trouble paying off credit or store cards, you can get free, impartial advice.  

Buying things to cheer yourself up or to forget about your problems can give you an instant buzz that disappears quickly. Even if you don’t do it often, it can quickly turn into a habit.

 

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute has a list of apps to help you manage online spending. If you have overspent and regret it, you could cancel or return items and get the money back. If you’re having trouble paying off credit or store cards, you can get free, impartial advice.  

Do you drink or take drugs to escape your money stress?
Yes
No
Sometimes

Many people think having a drink will make them feel more relaxed. But if you’re experiencing anxiety or other mental health issues, drinking alcohol or using substances often makes the situation worse. 

 

Get help sooner rather than later and avoid doing long term damage to your health and finances.

 

The NHS website has a good guide on overcoming addictions.

Many people think having a drink will make them feel more relaxed. But if you’re experiencing anxiety or other mental health issues, drinking alcohol or using substances often makes the situation worse. 

 

Get help sooner rather than later and avoid doing long term damage to your health and finances.

 

The NHS website has a good guide on overcoming addictions.

Have money worries made you feel hopeless or like you can’t cope?
Yes
No
Sometimes

If you’re not in a good place, it’s always worth asking for help. 

 

Remember, you deserve to get support, and you’re not alone. 

 

You can talk to the Samaritans about whatever is getting you down, including money. It doesn’t matter if your problem is big or small, they’ve heard it all before. They have a free 24-hour call service every day of the year and an email service.

 

Contact the Samaritans by phone for free any time, from any phone on 116 123 or by email at jo@samaritans.org

If you’re not in a good place, it’s always worth asking for help. 

 

Remember, you deserve to get support, and you’re not alone. 

 

You can talk to the Samaritans about whatever is getting you down, including money. It doesn’t matter if your problem is big or small, they’ve heard it all before. They have a free 24-hour call service every day of the year and an email service.

 

Contact the Samaritans by phone for free any time, from any phone on 116 123 or by email at jo@samaritans.org

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