Sharon McDougall - 12th August 2022 - 2 minutes to read
People living in all parts of Scotland are being urged not to suffer alone if they’re struggling to cope with their debts or to manage their personal finances.
The charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has highlighted some worrying statistics showing how isolated and alone a growing number of Scots are feeling as they try to deal with their debts and cover their essential outgoings.
As many as two thirds (64 per cent) of the people CAP teams work with in Scotland now say that they didn’t initially feel they had anyone to turn to when facing financial problems.
Among the impacts of that sense of isolation so many indebted people feel is that mental health issues can become more commonplace and more acute, with a growing number of CAP clients reporting that they’ve been feeling suicidal.
Indeed, over a third (36 per cent) of new CAP clients in Scotland told the charity that they’d considered taking their own lives because their debt problems got so bad and difficult to deal with.
“We are deeply concerned about the pressure people across Scotland are feeling right now, especially for those on low incomes,” explained Emma Jackson, CAP Scotland’s national director.
“As this cost of living crisis deepens, people are being dragged down to the deepest, darkest depths.”
The CAP has been emphasising the scope of its own services, which include providing both practical and emotional support to people finding it extremely difficult to cope with their debt situations.
The charity has been particularly keen recently to highlight to people in Scotland with problem debts that there is always support and free advice available to anyone who needs it.
“Many people across Scotland are feeling isolated, scared and forgotten as they struggle alone with rising costs and mounting debts, not aware of the free help available,” Ms Jackson said in a recent statement.
“For anyone who is struggling with debt right now, our message is clear, don’t suffer alone and in isolation,” she added.
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