R U OK? Supporting people facing financial difficulties

Thursday, 8 September 2022 is R U OK? day in Australia, but it’s a message that’s worth considering all year round.

The harm prevention charity inspires people to stay connected and have conversations that can help others through tough times. R U OK? encourages us to start a conversation with a family member, friend or work colleague. If they say they’re not OK, there are steps and strategies to follow to show them support and help them navigate the difficulties they’re having.

R U OK Day steps to follow

We know concerns around money can be some of the primary sources of stress. This in turn can lead to anxiety, depression and relationship issues.

Money problems can happen to anyone. Sometimes financial anxieties can be caused by moments of significant upheaval in our lives, such as moving into a new house or changes in our family circumstances. They can also be completely unplanned – we don’t typically expect to lose our job, for instance.

Rising interest rates and cost-of-living pressures are having an impact on many people. Recent research identified over 700,000 Australians at risk of mortgage stress.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s circumstances are different, and there is help available for people who need it.

What to do

If someone you know is struggling, the National Debt Helpline website has information that can help. 

Through their free and confidential service, you can contact a trained financial counsellor, who can provide options and help you understand your legal rights. For people who don’t feel comfortable speaking over the phone, there is also a live chat function available on the website.

For 24/7 crisis support, Lifeline is available.

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