Help at hand for those facing debt

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Churches Together in Boston is encouraging those facing financial anxiety to contact a dedicated debt centre it supports in partnership with the charity Christians Against Poverty.

The scheme says it finds that poor mental health often runs hand-in-hand with financial difficulties and, in this Mental Health Awareness Week, the centre is highlighting that debt help and friendship are available locally.

Boston CAP Debt Centre manager Hannah Mugglestone said: “If you’ve no money but you’re getting constant demands, threatening letters and phone calls, it’s very stressful.

“There’s the fear of losing your home, the worry of not being a good parent, relationships feeling the pressure. It’s not surprising that a quarter of our clients describe themselves as having poor mental health.

“However, it also goes the other way. Debt can also be a by-product of an on-going condition.

“It’s much harder to be working and earning if you’re suffering from a mental health issue and therefore, you’re more likely to be struggling with day-to-day costs.”

The service from CAP is provided free of charge.

Hannah added: “The point is, if you’re feeling low and financial problems are part of that, we want to hear from you.

“CAP’s system is great for people who are struggling because we come to see you in your home, CAP’s staff at the headquarters in Bradford negotiate with all your creditors and we organise all the paperwork.

“It’s also absolutely free and for everyone whatever their age, gender, faith or background.”

l If you need help with debt problems see capuk.org or call 0800 328 0006.