As we now reach December and the days get colder, we feel now is a good time to talk about the Cost of Living Crisis again. For anyone unaware, the cost of living crisis refers to the fall in ‘real’ disposable incomes meaning it is harder for people to pay their bills, which seem to be on the increase, as well as household essentials such as food. Households across the UK are having to forgo heating during what is the coldest time of the year.
The things going on around us can heavily impact our mental health, so if there is something that may be causing a considerable amount of stress or worry, it’s only natural that we’d begin to struggle more with our mental health. In the past, we’ve spoken about how money and mental health can often be linked together in a cycle, where worrying about money can worsen mental health which as a result will then make it harder to manage money.
In a study done by National Mind, it has also been revealed that a fifth of UK adults are seeing members of their support network less, due to the cost-of-living crisis.
So we think this is a good opportunity to perhaps bring to your attention some resources that could provide support during these difficult times. These resources are both things that provide support for yourself during the cost-of-living crisis in regards to things like managing money as well as also looking after your mental health.
First things first, we here at Burton and District Mind are always here for you, and you can find more information on our services, as well as how to contact us over on our website here -> https://www.burtonmind.co.uk/ We are available all through Monday to Friday so please just feel free to drop us a call if you need support.
It might be worth exploring that you are receiving all of the financial help during times of struggle by reviewing your entitlement to benefits. You can find out more information here -> https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/money-and-mental-health/claiming-benefits/
Stepchange also has useful information: https://www.stepchange.org/
The next way we can suggest is to use local food banks. Across Staffordshire there are a number of food banks, some local links are listed below:
Lastly, National Mind has put together a guide with tips that provide very useful to anyone that may have worries during these difficult times.
We just want you to know that you are not alone during these difficult times, and we will do our best to provide support to you during it to make sure your mental health is still looked after too. Please reach out to us!
You can get in contact through any of the following ways.
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