Does mental health affect your debts?

Does mental health affect your debts?

We're updating our research on links between mental health issues and debt problems. It's argued either one can cause the other. If you’ve been affected, see our Mental Health & Debt guide.

Please answer the question below.

NOTE: Please exclude mortgages and student loans from definition of "debt".


Results

I’m aged under 25 and I (and my partner) have NEVER had mental health problems (132 votes)
Never been in debt 78 votes (59%)
Only ever had limited debts 30 votes (23%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 18 votes (14%)
Severe or crisis debts 6 votes (5%)
I’m aged under 25 and I (or my partner) HAVE / HAVE HAD mental health problems (187 votes)
Never been in debt 49 votes (26%)
Only ever had limited debts 68 votes (36%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 35 votes (19%)
Severe or crisis debts 35 votes (19%)
I’m aged 25 to 34 and I (and my partner) have NEVER had mental health problems (437 votes)
Never been in debt 151 votes (35%)
Only ever had limited debts 167 votes (38%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 91 votes (21%)
Severe or crisis debts 28 votes (6%)
I’m aged 25 to 34 and I (or my partner) HAVE / HAVE HAD mental health problems (849 votes)
Never been in debt 154 votes (18%)
Only ever had limited debts 240 votes (28%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 207 votes (24%)
Severe or crisis debts 248 votes (29%)
I’m aged 35 to 49 and I (and my partner) have NEVER had mental health problems (584 votes)
Never been in debt 186 votes (32%)
Only ever had limited debts 201 votes (34%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 113 votes (19%)
Severe or crisis debts 84 votes (14%)
I’m aged 35 to 49 and I (or my partner) HAVE / HAVE HAD mental health problems (1417 votes)
Never been in debt 141 votes (10%)
Only ever had limited debts 269 votes (19%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 325 votes (23%)
Severe or crisis debts 682 votes (48%)
I’m aged 50 to 64 and I (and my partner) have NEVER had mental health problems (558 votes)
Never been in debt 229 votes (41%)
Only ever had limited debts 203 votes (36%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 74 votes (13%)
Severe or crisis debts 52 votes (9%)
I’m aged 50 to 64 and I (or my partner) HAVE / HAVE HAD mental health problems (836 votes)
Never been in debt 140 votes (17%)
Only ever had limited debts 197 votes (24%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 142 votes (17%)
Severe or crisis debts 357 votes (43%)
I’m aged 65+ and I (and my partner) have NEVER had mental health problems (261 votes)
Never been in debt 139 votes (53%)
Only ever had limited debts 105 votes (40%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 11 votes (4%)
Severe or crisis debts 6 votes (2%)
I’m aged 65+ and I (or my partner) HAVE / HAVE HAD mental health problems (151 votes)
Never been in debt 42 votes (28%)
Only ever had limited debts 53 votes (35%)
Bigger debts, but not a problem 19 votes (13%)
Severe or crisis debts 37 votes (25%)

                   5,412 votes received.

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