By Mr Bankruptcy
17th August 2020
Worry about unmanageable debt could right now be dominating every waking moment of someone you know or love. A recent report by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute referred to debt as a “Silent Killer” because it can so often be the driver to a suicide attempt. Unfortunately, it’s still an under-reported issue.
A Samaritans statistical report for 2018 showed that even before the current Covid19 crisis, over 6500 people in the UK committed suicide, with men aged 45-49 in the highest risk category.
With more recent studies indicating a severe impact from Covid19 on mental health, then we’re all increasingly likely to know someone who’s mental health is suffering because of debt, maybe because they’ve lost their job or their business is struggling. It also highlights an urgent need to improve society’s understanding of debt and its effect on people’s lives and to talk about it.
A personal journey
I’ve learned from my own experience that it’s very easy to get into serious debt, and to put up an outward show of success. This, coupled with the fact that both debt and mental health aren’t easy to talk about, even to a partner (in the personal and business sense of the word), make it difficult to spot someone who needs help until it’s too late.
The first step to tackling debt and mental health problems is to talk, but it often requires someone close to initiate the conversation. So here are a few tell-tale signs you might look out for if you married to, or working with, someone who’s hiding a debt problem which is damaging their mental health.
Giveaway signs of a debt problem
A change in public attitudes? Help is available
The first step to dealing with the stress of debt is to talk about it and spotting the signs helps you start that process. The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends starting a conversation, listening without judging and avoiding getting stressed or upset yourself.
The college also advises that you check in with them on a regular basis to talk, listen and be ready to offer help and support if they ask. Fortunately, there are a number of organisations and website ready to provide advice, including the NHS, Mind, Samaritans, and 4MentalHealth. And since 2017, all local authorities are required to have a suicide prevention strategy in place, outlining the steps to reduce suicides in their area.
Debt impacts a person’s professional and personal life and the lives of those around them. Fortunately, along with mental health, it’s no longer a taboo subject and it’s much easier to find, or to offer, the support needed to get through it.
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