Help with mental health
For 24-hour support you can also call the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are worried that you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999 – you can ask to stay on the line while you wait for help to arrive.
Help with money
You can download Martin Lewis’s free guide for everyone struggling with their finances and a mental health problem. It will provide useful resources whether you’re looking for advice for yourself or for someone you care about.
If you need more direct help with your finances, there are a variety of free-to-use advice and support services with many advisers trained to help those with mental health problems. Citizen’s Advice, Stepchange, Christians Against Poverty, National Debtline and Debt Support Trust can all help. You can also find practical advice and support for your mental health and money issues at Mental Health and Money Advice.
If you need advice regarding your small business, including the self-employed, Business Debtline can help.
Loansharks are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high rates of interest. If you’re worried about a loanshark you can get confidential information and advice, or report illegal activity here.
Support during the Covid-19 outbreak
Many people will be worried about the outbreak of Covid-19 (also known as coronavirus) and how it could affect their mental and financial wellbeing. Here are some resources which may help:
The NHS website has more information on the symptoms of Covid-19, what to do if you become unwell, and how to help avoid spreading the virus — click here to find out more. You can also find updates on the latest government advice on the virus here, and you can watch British Sign Language versions of government advice here.
For information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak, including advice for if you’re asked to self-isolate, visit Mind’s website.
If you are concerned about your financial situation, you can find useful information from Citizens Advice here about what additional sick pay and benefits you may be entitled. The National Debtline has also produced a new factsheet here with more information on benefits, and what support your bank could offer if you face a drop in income.
People with mental health problems can also get help with shopping through the NHS Volunteer responder scheme by phoning 0808 196 3646 (available 8am-8pm) – you can also find out more information here.
Money Saving Expert have produced a helpful guide on coronavirus and your finances which you can find here.