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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Debt and mental health


What is the relationship between debt and mental health problems?

  • One in four people has a mental health problem

  • One in four people with a mental health problem is in debt

  • One in two people in debt have a mental health problem

  • Debt may be a cause and a consequence of mental health problems


The Royal College of Psychiatrists delivers programmes which make a difference to the everyday lives of people with mental health problems, and those working with them.


Since 2006, we have run a research and  intervention programme addressing the relationship between financial difficulties and mental health.


How can we help you?




I'm a health or social care professional...


I have a debt problem that I want to get help for...



I want to know about the research and intervention programme on debt collection and mental health 


I'm interested in the evidence on the relationship between debt and mental health...

I want to download the Debt and Mental Health Evidence Form

I want to know the legal reasons why all creditors should have a written mental health policy (and what a policy should contain)


Contact us

The staff overseeing this programme are Chris Fitch and Ryan Davey


Health Services Research, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 4th Floor Standon House, 21 Mansell Street, London E1 8AA    





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