One of the most prevalent issues in today’s society is that of suicide. Statistics reveal that devastatingly, suicide is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK, with 5,668 suicides occurring in 2016 across the UK. Certain factors are known to be associated with an increased risk of suicide, such as; family breakdown, poverty and debt to name a few. Since the financial decline in recent years there has been an over-reliance on credit and as a result many people have found themselves in debt. Aperture have conducted their own research into the ‘Psychology of Debt’ and found a correlation between indebtedness and emotional distress; suicide is considered by almost 50% of people struggling with debt in the UK.
The relationship between debt and mental health can be considered as causal, according to The Royal College of Psychiatrists one in four people with a mental health problem are also in debt. Mental health problems can trigger debt issues; however, debt issues can also trigger various mental health problems. Debt is often surrounded with a stigma and as a result people feel a host of negative feelings if they are affected by debt, people feel shame, guilt and worry and because of this people often feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel and see suicide as their only option. Financial stress is a damaging and prevalent issue amongst those who suffer money worries, and you can read more about it here.
World Suicide Prevention Day is held on the 10th of September each year and it is a day dedicated to raising awareness that suicide can be prevented. It is important to be able to identify the risk factors associated with suicide, being aware of these can help with prevention. These factors may include; withdrawal and anxiety, loss of interest in their hobbies, reckless behaviour and even open discussions about death. Identification of these signs provide opportunity to intervene and provide emotional support where needed, this can reduce the risk of someone choosing to end their own life.
At Aperture, we place great importance on our company values to ensure that all of our clients are cared for in a respectful and non-judgmental manner; this is imperative as many of our clients suffer from mental health issues. Staff have undertaken safeTALK training which has enabled adivsors to identify clients at risk of suicide and respond urgently. Within Aperture there has been cases in which clients appear distressed and the training which has been provided allows advisors to deal with these clients confidently and professionally and assure them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts or mental health problems of any sort or need urgent support, there are an abundance of places you can turn to for help.
- Samaritans – for everyone
Call 116 123
13 11 14
- Childline – for children and young people under 19
Call 0800 1111 – the number won't show up on your phone bill
- The Silver Line – for older people
Call 0800 4 70 80 90