New research shows over 20,000 people in England were struggling with problem debt last year whilst in hospital for their mental health.
That’s tens of thousands of people likely to be receiving calls and emails from banks, credit card companies, local authorities and other creditors whilst in acute distress, potentially feeling suicidal. Thousands more were in a similar position whilst receiving mental health crisis support in the community.
The Government is introducing a new ‘Breathing Space’ scheme, to give people in problem debt a window without fees or charges, and where they won’t be pursued by creditors if they seek debt advice.
But this won’t support the tens of thousands of people in mental health crisis who are too unwell to either manage their finances alone, or to visit a debt advisor.
Supported by 21 national organisations, we are calling on the Government to extend the Breathing Space scheme to people in hospital for their mental health, or under the care of a crisis team in their local community.
The best way to support our campaign is to get your local MP to add their name to the amendments submitted to the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill. It only takes a few minutes to email your MP, find out how below!
You can also support the campaign by adding your name to our letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond MP. It’s a quick and easy way to show your support; together we can make sure people in mental health crisis get #RecoverySpace.
We’ll deliver the letter soon, so make sure your name is on it by filling in the boxes below: