Managing your mental health in times of crisis

Be kind to yourself and reach out for help when you need it


Worrying about money can contribute to poor mental health. And living with mental ill health can mean that your money problems are more severe.

Be kind to yourself and reach out for help when you need it.

Look after yourself

Your body and mind need certain things to stay well. Make sure that you’re taking care of your basic needs, like eating, sleeping and interacting with people.

Remember the 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing

You deserve help

It can be hard to ask for help. You may feel that you’re not as ‘in need’ as other people.

Never feel ashamed to ask for help, whether that’s practical help to cope with rising costs or support with your mental health.

Lean into your support

Make use of any support you already have. Talk to the people you trust if you are struggling. They may be able to help.

Even though health services are under pressure, they are still there to help you when you need it. Don’t put off getting medical help if you’re feeling unwell mentally or physically.

Contact Advocacy for All if you’re struggling to get the help you need.

Remember your past successes

The news is bleak and winter is coming. But remember that you’ve come through similar and worse things before.

Try to remember what helped you through mental health struggles in the past.

Make time for the things you enjoy and check out free or low-cost activities that can help boost your mood.

Don’t let bad news overwhelm you

Each day seems to bring a new bad-news story. It doesn’t take long for these to become overwhelming.

Practice ways to reduce your exposure to news so that you can still stay informed without feeling afraid.

Make connections

Connecting with people, animals and nature can release tension and make you feel better.

Make time to build and develop your relationships. Explore the world around you.

Our Advocacy for All team can help you find befriending groups.


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