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Debt can be a mindfield. We'll help you through it. Debt in Mind from StepChange Debt Charity and Mental Health Foundation. Supported by MoneySavingExpert.com

Debt in Mind. Debt and stress support for colleagues and customers.

Stress and anxiety are real problems for many people in the UK. If left unchecked, stress can lead to more serious mental health problems, which is reflected in the fact that a quarter of a million people miss work because of stress every day*.

When you need help with things such as debt, disputes, housing issues and bills, the worry that arises can take its toll on your wellbeing. It can also affect how you interact with friends, family, loved ones and colleagues.

If you work in a customer-facing role, it's worth taking a closer look at the problems your customers are dealing with and the stress they are no doubt feeling. There's a high chance that stress, anxiety and other mental health issues are affecting their wellbeing.

We know that you want to help and support as many people as possible, however you can. So do we.

Debt in Mind is a joint effort between StepChange Debt Charity and Mental Health Foundation (MHF). It's the first partnership of its kind, uniting debt advice and mental health information. 

While StepChange Debt Charity are the experts in free debt advice, MHF provide information and guidance on how to keep stress at a healthy, manageable level. Introducing Debt in Mind to people in your workplace may help them deal more effectively with the money worries they could be facing in their own lives.

We estimate that 60% of people we advised in 2014 sought medical advice ofr debt related illnesses

Why is it important to deal with stress? 

It’s estimated that one in four people will suffer some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year**. And based on research carried out as part of the MHF Living With Anxiety 2014 report, some of the most common reasons for stress are money, finance and debt worries.

By taking steps to manage their finances, and incorporating mindfulness techniques from MHF into their lives, people may find that their stress levels are much easier to manage.

Tools to help customers and colleagues manage debt and stress

Stress can cause debt.

7 Days, 7 Ways helps people to take small steps to deal with their debt, and helps generate a positive 'can do' approach to finance. It will introduce your colleagues or customers to free debt advice at a stage where we could prevent them from falling into a debt problem. The information is presented in an engaging multimedia format, with videos, graphics, and downloadable materials.

Debt can cause stress.

Be Mindful is the MHF campaign and online hub where people can find information on mindfulness and how it may help them manage their thoughts, feelings and stress levels in proactive ways. 

We can help people take control of both. 

Using mindfulness techniques alongside 7 Days, 7 Ways is a way of attacking debt stress from two fronts. Each day is a small yet significant step towards resolving a debt problem, and learning more about mindfulness can mean a better understanding of stress management. 

Help those around you deal with debt and stress

If you work in a customer-facing role such as in:

  • A housing association
  • A local authority
  • An advice organisation
  • A local community centre

Or anywhere where a person would feel safe to come and talk about the problems they're having, we want to hear from you.

We can send you posters, leaflets and other information that you can display in your workplace for people who may need our help to see. It only takes a minute to sign up, but you could change the course of someone's life by making them aware of Debt in Mind and help offered by us and our friends at the Mental Health Foundation. 

Order your Debt in Mind campaign toolkit now

To make it as easy as possible for you to support Debt in Mind we've put together a toolkit which contains a range of resources to help you talk about the campaign with others. 

Please show your support: order your free toolkit now.

Frequently asked questions

What is mindfulness?

In a nutshell, ‘mindfulness’ is paying attention (or being mindful) of the present moment, without getting stuck in the past or worrying about the future. It’s a simple method that may help a person manage stressful everyday situations and stay mentally healthy.

The other great thing about mindfulness is that a person can practice it for 5 minutes or 5 hours, whatever suits their own needs and lifestyles.

How does 7 Days, 7 Ways work?

Written by our expert debt advisors, our 7 Days, 7 Ways email programme is the perfect starting point in helping people to deal with debt.

Each day for a week, we send through an email linking to practical advice that will help people to figure out what they owe, which payments are priorities, and help them to put together a long-term action plan.

How does mindfulness and 7 Days, 7 Ways work together?

We have refreshed our 7 Days, 7 Ways programme to now include mindfulness tips from the Mental Health Foundation to help people deal with their debt and take care of their mental health and wellbeing at the same time.

When can I order my Debt in Mind materials?

You can order your materials from Monday 11 May through a number of channels including your Relationship Manager/Business Development Manager, or our Debt in Mind toolkit page.

Where can I use the materials?

Most organisations use the materials around their offices or to engage their clients or customers, but they can also be used to engage colleagues around the workplace.

The digital toolkit is also free to download and the assets can be used across your intranet or consumer-facing websites.

Do the materials have a shelf life?

No, we haven’t dated any of the materials and they can be used all year round.

Why is this a joint campaign with the Mental Health Foundation?

Both StepChange Debt Charity and Mental Health Foundation see the damaging impact of debt and stress, so it made complete sense to unite our efforts to help people deal with both.

*source: About Mindfulness (as of 2015) bemindful.co.uk

**source: Mental Health Foundation 2015 mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-statistics/

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Helping you become debt free...

“I wish to thank your staff for all the great help they gave me when I was in so much debt.
They were a pillar of support to me.” (Leslie, Essex)

Foundation for Credit Counselling Wade House, Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NG trading as StepChange Debt Charity and StepChange Debt Charity Scotland. A registered charity no.1016630 and SC046263. It is a limited company registered in England and Wales (company no:2757055). Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

*This is the average rating of our service based on the StepChange reviews on Feefo by DMP and DRO clients three months into their solution.

© StepChange Debt Charity 2016