Debt and Mental Health

It’s very normal to have at least some debt. Most people in the UK are in debt – it may be a mortgage, a credit card, student loan or other debt to pay. Being in debt can be manageable, but if somebody’s in more debt than they feel they can pay, it can become overwhelming and things can feel very out of control.

There is a stigma that comes with being in debt. People can be very quick to assume that somebody must be spending recklessly in order to have ended up in so much debt, which is not always the case. It can be hard to ask a family member or a friend for money for this reason, leading to more loan applications.

Debt can cause stress, which can negatively impact a person’s mental health. Mental illness can also impact a person’s income, leading them to end up in more debt. We’ve attached a guide for those dealing with debt here.

https://www.riftrefunds.co.uk/tax-refunds/uk-tax-refund-advice/tax-debt-and-mental-health/

A Helpful Guide

Leaving home for the first time to go to university can be a very fun and exciting experience for a student. However, university also provides many challenges. It is not unusual for a student to experience mental health issues.

We were sent this very useful and clear guide made especially to help students. Click the link below to have a read!

https://www.idealflatmate.co.uk/students-mental-health-guide

Animation Update!

Our animator, Jess, is making progress with our animation about neurotransmitters and antidepressants! Above is an example of what some of the opening titles might look like!

Update: ‘Compulsion’

We’ve been quiet for a while and it’s because we’ve been working on two projects. We have an animation currently in production as well as a short film.

Last week, we finally shot the short film that we’ve been planning for the past 5 months. It’s called, ‘Compulsion’. We aim to show our audience how horrific obsessive compulsive disorder can really be for the sufferer.

 

Animation – Project for 2019

We have had a surge of creativity this year so far, with a short film about OCD towards the end of the planning stages and planning for an animated short to show how Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) work!
One of the characters we’re working on is Sarah Tonin the neurotransmitter (serotonin).

We’re also working on The Catecholamines:

Nora Drenaline – (Noradrenaline or Norepinephrine)

Addy – (Adrenaline)

Dopey – (Dopamine)

Above is Addy! The roughly animated version.

Self-care for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

As the photo above shows, a lot of people in the UK experience Seasonal Affective Disorder in the Autumn and Winter months. It’s impossible to control the cold weather and the Winter darkness, but there are some things you can control. It’s quite a good idea to have a self-care regime in place for when things become difficult.

Regular exercise is a good part of a self-care regime. Exercise improves mood and, if outside, can get you spending more time in daylight.

Make sure you have a regular sleep routine! Good quality sleep helps mood and stress levels.

Some recommend light therapy for SAD – this is supposed to help encourage Vitamin D production, which can improve energy levels and mood.

These are just a few examples of self-care for SAD. However, when experiencing issues with your mental health, you should always visit your GP first.

New Programme: COMING SOON

Here’s a short segment of a programme that will soon be available on our site. It’s about Trichotillomania. The NHS Definition: “Trichotillomania, also known as trich, is when someone can’t resist the urge to pull out their hair. They may pull out the hair on their head or in other places, such as their eyebrows or eyelashes.” Watch the video if you’d like to know more about trichotillomania.