Many of us have financial concerns from time to time, however, the pandemic has caused a lot of money worries. If you are struggling with money, it might have affected your mental health. 

Being concerned about your finances does not necessarily mean you are anxious or depressed. It just means you are going through a tough time right now. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

There are many tried and tested money-saving tips available. Some of them could help you to save cash and deal with your debts. There is a clear link between money and mental health, so it’s important you work through your concerns. 

Create a budget – Work out how much money you have coming in, and how much you have going out. When you have these figures, you will know how much money you have leftover once your bills are paid. This money is how much you have to spare at the end of the week/month.

Deal with your debts – If you are struggling with debt, there is help available. Consider asking the following organisations/charities for advice. 

Regularly check your bank balance – This will help you to stay on top of your finances. When you know how much is in your account, you’ll have a better idea of how your finances are doing. 

Take a packed lunch to work – If you are working through the pandemic, you can save money by taking a packed lunch to work. A packed lunch can be cheaper (and healthier) than food purchased in a canteen or shop. If you’re not back to work just yet, think about what you’d like to put in your packed lunch. You don’t need to have sandwiches every day, you can have salad, pasta, rice, sushi, or anything you fancy.

Think twice about big purchases – While you might be tempted to make a big purchase from time to time, you should think twice. Do you really need that new TV? Can you wait longer for a new games console? Thinking twice can help you to save money. If you see something you really want, wait 2 weeks. If in a week you still want that item, consider buying it. If you don’t, you could have just saved yourself a lot of money. 

Cook from scratch – Did you know that cooking from scratch can be cheaper (healthier and tastier) than shop-bought meals? Cooking can be a lot of fun, and you can save the leftovers to enjoy the next day. 

Write a shopping list – When you go grocery shopping, make sure you take a list with you. Stick to the shopping list and you’ll be less likely to overspend. Don’t be afraid to shop around. Some supermarkets are cheaper or have a better range than others. 

There is help if you have money problems in Brayton or the surrounding areas. There are both local and national organisations that can help you. Please don’t be afraid to contact Citizens Advice or any of the organisations listed above. With a little bit of work, you could find that your finances are under control. When your finances are under control you’re likely to feel better. 

When to Speak to a Doctor 

If you are still feeling low or anxious after a few weeks, you should speak to your doctor. If the doctor thinks that psychological therapy could help, they could refer you. 

If you are finding it hard to cope, please ask for help from the Samaritans on 111 123, or the NHS on 111. They can give you confidential emotional support. 

 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk