By Mr Bankruptcy
30th October 2019
Sadly, in the news last week was another report about suicides directly related to debt. This particular report looked at people who had committed suicide after contact with HMRC, but I think this is being harsh on the taxman. It’s believed that up to 50% of people struggling with unmanageable debt will consider suicide.
So, as we enter what can be a very expensive time of year, which can often exacerbate a debt problem, it’s important to be aware of the help that’s available.
Some shocking figures on debt and suicide
I find the figures illustrating the impact of debt on suicides genuinely shocking and very saddening. In 2018 the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute published a report, called “A Silent Killer”, which highlighted the scale of the problem:
It’s not weakness to talk about your debt problem
The effect of debt is something we rarely like to talk about. In an earlier blog I discussed supporting vulnerable clients with debt management because we know how profound the psychological impact of debt can be.
The essential first step in any debt situation is to start talking about your situation and seek specialist advice. This can feel very personal, because people in debt can also be struggling with marital breakdown, unemployment which can lead to mental wellbeing issues.
However, attitudes to talking about mental health issues have shifted significantly in recent years, especially among men, thanks to some very high-profile champions for mental health in the media and popular culture.
And it’s important to understand that you aren’t alone in this; not only can debt advice help you navigate to becoming debt free, it’s always done with empathy and support.
And many of the case studies I use on the James Rosa Associates website illustrate the fact that despite the range of debt problems people can find themselves in, there is usually a solution to be found, if only you can take that first step and ask for advice.
James Rosa Associates
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Our services include:
● Insolvency support
● Negotiated settlements
● Personal assisted bankruptcy
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