A DISTURBINGLY high number of professionals dealing with people facing overwhelming debt fail to recognise they may be suicidal, a Wigan debt and mental health seminar was told.
Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue told a workshop organised by the Campaign for Awareness of Mental illness Among Debtors (CAMIAD) that money issues are a growing problem over the country with increasing numbers of people at all levels of society getting sucking into a “spiral of debt”.
She said: “If there is a rise in the interest rate of just half a percent, over a million people are, in effect, kicked into a situation of unaffordable debt”.
Anyone, she added, regardless of their social background, was at risk of running into debt and frequently the problems were compounded by the fact that victims refused to admit that they had a problem, even to close family members. She said: “The fact that these people are so often hidden makes them much worse.”