By Mr Bankruptcy
2nd June 2021
People in the UK owed £1,712.9 billion at the end of March 2021; the Citizen Advice Bureau in England and Wales was dealing with 1.673 debt issues every day in the year to April 2021.
For many people struggling with unmanageable debt, being able to talk about it should be an important first step to tackling it. However, while the two issues are closely linked, there’s still a taboo about the subject of debt without the same kind of campaign to break it down that we’ve seen for mental health.
Why debt can be difficult to talk about?
Debt can feel like a very personal and private matter. It often causes feelings of shame, embarrassment and worry about what others will think about not managing your finances better. People are also anxious about the conflict it can cause in a relationship and causing stress for others, and we aren’t comfortable with asking people we’re supporting financially to contribute more. Also, it can also often be the case that you’re simply ignoring signs that you are in debt.
Why you should talk about debt
Even though it’s difficult to talk about, there are many benefits to opening up about financial difficulties:
How to start talking about debt
There are some simple steps you can take to help build up your confidence and have a successful conversation about debt. Firstly, prepare for the conversation, thinking about what a partner may want to know. Gather your facts and figures in advance so you don’t get flustered by questions and make sure you allow plenty of time to chat, with no distractions. Try not to interrupt each other or get too emotional, taking time to understand what the other person is saying.
If you’re seeing the signs in someone close to you that they are heading into unmanageable debt, it may help them if you start the conversation. Whoever initiates discussion, remember that debts take a huge toll on people’s wellbeing but no matter how hard it may be, it’s never to soon to talk about debt and seek advice.
Non-judgemental advice from James Rosa Associates
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