DEALING WITH FINANCIAL STRESS
Whatever your money problem, there is an answer. The first step is to find the support that you need. That may be in the form of a chat with a CALM advisor, a meeting with a financial advisor, contacting a gambling support organisation, or getting medical support from your GP.
How to Ask for help
Talking about money is often the thing we least want to do with those closest to us – it’s uncomfortable, we get it. Sharing your financial stress with a trusted loved one is a good first step in figuring out how to move forward. Everyone has had money worries at some point in their lives, so don’t be worried or ashamed. Just speaking about your problem will help you put it into perspective, and from there you can figure out a plan and what to do next. The more we get comfortable talking about money, the less it will impact our mental health.
In financial crises, sometimes you need help from someone who knows their stuff. There’s jargon, there’s maths, there’s call centres – it can be a lot. While we all deal with money everyday, knowing the ins and outs of it can be confusing and overwhelming. Talking to a financial advisor will help make things simpler, and you’ll be able to put together a plan to move forward with whatever it is you’re struggling with. Find out more about getting free financial advice at Money Helper.
- Mental Health Professionals
When you’re experiencing a financial crisis, sometimes the stress can be more than one person can handle alone. If your financial situation is impacting on your mental wellbeing, or you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, talk to someone about it.
- Support Groups and organisations
If your financial stress comes from an addiction like gambling, drink or drugs or from debt, there is help available. Millions of people have been in the same situation, and there’s nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Find out more about gambling support on the NHS website, from MIND, or debt support from PayPlan.