Let’s face it, finances and mental health are like roommates: they share the same space and can seriously impact each other. Money worries can cause stress and anxiety, while mental health struggles can make managing money difficult. It’s a vicious cycle, but there is hope.

How are mental health and finances linked? Here’s a look at the latest stats and some tips to improve both your mental wellbeing and your financial situation:

The money and mental health tango:

  • Debt distress: A 2024 survey by Money and Mental Health found that nearly one in five (18%) people with mental health problems struggle with problem debt. That’s compared to only 5% of people without mental health issues. [Money and mental health facts and statistics]
  • The cycle continues: According to the NHS, a whopping 72% of people reported that their mental health struggles worsened their financial situation. [Money worries and mental health]

How mental health affects your wallet:

Mental health conditions can impact your finances in several ways:

  • Impulsive spending: Feeling low? Retail therapy might seem tempting, but it can lead to debt and regret later.
  • Financial avoidance: Dealing with bills and budgets can feel overwhelming during tough mental health periods. This can lead to late payments and fees.
  • Work difficulties: Mental health struggles can make it hard to focus and maintain employment, impacting your income.

Taking charge of your finances and mental health:

  • Track your spending: Awareness is key! Start by monitoring your income and expenses. There are many budgeting apps and free online tools to help.
  • Create a budget: Plan your spending. Allocate funds for essentials, debt repayment, and even some fun (within reason!).
  • Seek support: Don’t be afraid to talk to a financial advisor or therapist. There are also many free resources available online and in your community.
  • Focus on Self-Care: Prioritise healthy habits like exercise, good sleep, and relaxation techniques. These can improve your mental wellbeing and your ability to manage money effectively.

Remember: You’re not alone. Millions of people face challenges with both mental health and finances. By taking control and seeking support, you can break the cycle and build a brighter future for both your mind and your money.

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