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The cost of living crisis is having a devastating impact on people’s mental health, especially for those who are behind on bills. 1 in 8 UK adults who are behind on a bill say they have attempted suicide during the cost of living crisis.
There is normally a range of issues that contribute to people becoming suicidal. But one big factor causing distress for people with money problems is the barrage of letters and calls they get from debt collectors. This can leave people feeling bullied and hopeless – and is contributing to some people becoming suicidal.
In 2020, we had a big campaign win when the government agreed to change rules on the language in debt letters. Those rules had been forcing lenders to send intimidating letters to people with debt problems.
But now we want the government to urgently put limits on how often creditors can contact people about overdue bills.
Stopping people being bombarded with Debt Threats during the cost of living crisis could save lives.
“Feeling harassed and persecuted. The sheer number of contacts scares me, it’s almost as if they are threatening and bullying me into compliance. They have me at the point of not answering calls and removing my SIM so they can’t contact me. I am becoming more reclusive as a result.”
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