It is normal to feel worried, anxious or down when financial problems arise. Whether it is a personal, business or company issue the emotional distress can lead to a decline in self-esteem and the onset of unfamiliar feelings, behaviours or thoughts. Due to the nature of our work it is not uncommon for us to come into contact with vulnerable individuals who are struggling to come to terms with their situation. It is important that we provide reassurance, support and, above all, the best possible advice for each individual.
In order to give something back to the community we provide pro-bono support for the Scottish Association of Mental Health (SAMH); Scotland's leading mental health charity. SAMH works hard every day to ensure that people are talking about mental health and we are keen to promote our association with the charity in order to raise awareness.
An experienced member of our team visits the SAMH office every month to host a free drop-in debt clinic. The clinic allows SAMH beneficiaries to discuss, in confidence and without obligation, any financial concerns they may have. It is very rewarding for us to be able to make a difference and part of our role is about educating individuals and providing positive advice which can help to improve their financial position and, hopefully, their mental health as well. It also provides us with a powerful insight into the impact financial pressures can have on individuals’ mental health and it better positions us to deal with our own clients.