Face Your Fears – Coping with Financial Worries

by Staffordshire Network for Mental Health in Lichfield, England, United Kingdom

Face Your Fears – Coping with Financial Worries
We did it
On 28th June 2022 we successfully raised £5,132 ( + est. £89.25 Gift Aid ) with 76 supporters in 42 days

We will reach out to and support people affected by stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, isolation and loneliness caused by financial worries.

by Staffordshire Network for Mental Health in Lichfield, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With extra money we would be able to help more people suffering from poor mental health caused by debt and financial hardship. 


National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 per donation to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

Many people and families are facing a financial crisis now more than ever. With inflated fuel prices, energy and food costs, the impact on our communities is increased debt, stress, anxiety, worry, lack of sleep, feelings of isolation and loneliness and financial abuse.

Over 100,000 people in the UK attempt suicide every year due to debt (Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, 2018). It's not an easy topic, but it's one we need to discuss.

Our client’s story:

Johns wife left him after running up about £25,000 worth of debt. Depressed and feeling desperate he became alcohol dependant, stopped eating and caring for himself. Upon referral from his GP, John met up with an SNMH Toolbox Support worker where he received a listening, non-judgemental ear. Catherine supported him with techniques and coping strategies to get through day to day and a list of practical support services such as a food bank referral, debt advisory help, access to the STARS team rehabilitation and links to someone at the RSPCA who could help his two dogs, which hadn’t been looked after properly recently. John is now looking forward to the way his life could be after rehab and can see a future not an end to his life.

Why do we need this funding?

Through the Toolbox ‘Face Your Fears’ programme we will specifically reach out to and support more people affected by financial worries.

Toolbox is a great way of working with people at risk of a mental health crisis before it gets to a point where they are seriously ill; supporting people with a listening ear and the practical and emotional help they need to prevent them from spiralling into poor mental states and possibly even taking their own lives. After a one to one session, clients will leave with a one page action plan and follow up support to support implementation. 

Focussed Support to help people take control will include:

Helping people stay active: Keep seeing your friends, keep your CV up to date, and try to keep paying the bills. If you have more time because you're not at work, do some form of exercise – physical activity can improve your mood if you're feeling low.

Face Your Fears: For example, if you're going into debt, get advice on how to prioritise your debts. When people feel anxious, they sometimes avoid talking to others. Some people can lose their confidence about driving or travelling. If this starts to happen, facing these situations will generally make them easier.

Cutting down on alcohol: For some people with money worries, alcohol can become a problem. You may drink more than usual as a way of dealing with your emotions or just to fill in time. But alcohol will not help you deal with your problems and could add to your stress.

Maintaining daily routines: Ideas like getting up at your normal time and stick to your usual routine. If you lose your routine, it can affect your eating – you may stop cooking, miss breakfast because you're still in bed, or eat snacks instead of having proper meals.

Signposting to practical support: Citizens Advice, Gov.UK, Money Advice Services, National Debtline, Stepchange Debt Charity to name a few. 

With your generous support we can help more people receive the one to one support and buddy care they so desperately need.

Staffordshire Network for Mental Health – Who are we? 

SSMHN has been operating since 2003, providing vital mental health services for people in the area. As well as advocating better mental health and wellbeing and engaging the community to promote mental health awareness; we deliver essential community services, one of which is our flagship project; 'ToolBox'. 

 

 

 

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By pledging £20, you will be added to our Mental Health Network 'Hall of Fame' in honour of all the people who have been able to access Toolbox support through your generosity.

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