11th – 17th May is Mental Health Awareness week. Financial stresses can lead to mental health issues, for example debt can cause stress, anxiety and even depression. And mental health can exacerbate money problems too. It’s really important to remember that whatever the issue, financial or otherwise, the best thing you can do is to seek help. The old saying is true; a problem shared really is a problem halved. Even the most daunting problems, for example debt, have a solution.
Although we can’t offer debt advice at the University, we always ready to listen to your problems, and we may be able to help with other financial queries. For an appointment with the Student Money Adviser, call 0161 275 3781/3033 or email StudentMoneyAdviser@manchester.ac.uk. You can also book an appointment with the Student Support Adviser if you feel that your finances are harming your wellbeing.
There are charities and organisations that can help with debt advice, such the Citizens Advice Bureau, Step Change and National Debtline. You can also download a free guide from the Money saving expert, about money and mental health.
If you need to speak to someone urgently, at any time of the day or night, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.