Half of those who take time off for mental health issues have to borrow to make ends meet - MSE News

Almost half of those who take time off work due to mental health issues have to borrow money to make ends meet, while 42% go without essentials such as food and electricity, a new report shows...
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'Half of those who take time off for mental health issues have to borrow to make ends meet'
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  • Indout96Indout96 Forumite
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    Not to take anything away from Mental Health but people who take time off work for anything will run short of money. I am going in for an operation in December - it will be two weeks minimum without pay (except SSP pittance) and up to 6 weeks says consultant.
    In reality it will be the two week minimum as I cant afford any more time off.
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    Only half? I'm surprised it's not more than that.

    And I agree with Indout96 that physical illness will also result in borrowing. I wonder if, in the case of mental health, the lack of money feeds into the mental health issues, makes things worse, and becomes a vicious circle (whereas a broken leg will still mend even if you have to borrow money).
    Would be interesting to see the comparable stats for physical illness.
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