Do you need urgent help?

If you need to speak to someone right now, here are some confidential options which provide 24/7 support.  If you're worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, please call 999, or go to your nearest A and E.

Lifeline

For people who are experiencing distress or despair.

0808 808 8000

Childline

Helps anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.

0800 1111

Samaritans

24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You don't have to be suicidal to call us

Mental Health and Money Advice Service

Mental Health & Money Advice is the first UK-wide online advice service designed to help you understand, manage and improve your financial and mental health.

We’re here for anyone with a mental illness who is struggling with their money, as well as anyone whose financial problems are affecting their mental health.

Four million people in the UK have both mental health and money problems, and a further four million are at risk because they’re having financial difficulties.

Together these issues can create a worrying cycle that can lead to problems with relationships, work and housing.


We can...

  • Help you to complete benefit applications
  • Represent your interests in communications with the Social Security Agency and/or creditors
  • Find out what benefits you’re entitled to
  • Liaise on your behalf to reduce your energy bills
  • Support carer’s benefit applications

Stephen's Story

"I was referred to the service and it has literally changed my life."

Read Stephen's Story

How can you help me?

 

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In the past year, our Mental Health and Money Advice has achieved £406,337 annual gain in benefits and £137,441 debt dealt with for clients, with outcomes ranging from bankruptcy, debt relief order, informal repayments and write offs.

If you or someone you care for needs help with money, debt and benefits, call our Mental Health and Money Advice service on freephone 08088010373 and choose Northern Ireland.

Visit our website

Our website provides free and impartial information, support and advice for anyone affected by mental health and money issues. That includes support for friends, families, carers and professionals working in the area.

Visit our website at www.mhma.org for:

  • Expert advice: Managing your mental health and money can be confusing. Our advice sections break down the most commonly requested information and resources surrounding mental health and money into plain English.

  • Free financial tools and calculators: To help you better manage your money, we provide a range of free online budgeting tools and calculators to help you plan ahead and stay on track.

  • Sample letters and templates:  When dealing with money issues, may have to write and send letters to legal, medical, or other professional organisations. Our bank of template letters give you an example of what to write, so all you have to do is fill in the blanks.

  • Real life stories: When it comes to understanding money and mental health issues, it helps to hear from other people who might have been in a similar situation to you. Our real life stories give first-person accounts of how people just like you have overcome their mental health and money issues to get back on track.

  • Useful contacts: Sometimes you’ll need more information than what’s covered on our website. For each area of advice we offer, we provide a list of useful contacts for when you need to speak to someone directly or over the phone, or need more detailed information.


Who is behind Mental Health & Money Advice?

Mental Health & Money Advice has been developed by Mental Health UK. Mental Health UK is a UK-wide charity that represents its four member charities; Rethink Mental Illness in England, Hafal in Wales, Support in Mind in Scotland and MindWise in Northern Ireland.

Mental Health UK is proud to work with Lloyds Banking Group as their charity partner for 2017 and 2018. Colleagues voted overwhelmingly to support Mental Health UK and have since embraced the partnership through fundraising and volunteering. Over £3 million has been raised so far, exceeding the £2 million ambition for this year.

Colleagues fundraising, expertise, time and generous support has enabled Mental Health UK to develop and launch Mental Health & Money Advice.