Cost of living: "I can't take it anymore" - We asked Brits how the crisis was affecting them |  UK News

Cost of living: “I can’t take it anymore” – We asked Brits how the crisis was affecting them | UK News

Almost a third of people say the rising cost of living makes them feel more depressed than they did six months ago, a Sky News poll shows.

As households face ever tighter budgets and governments come under increasing pressure to tackle the deepening cost of living crisis in the UK, we asked people how this was affecting them and their families.

Over 60% of people told us they felt more worried than they did six months ago, and nearly a third told us they were angrier.

Warning: This story contains references to suicide

Millions of Britons are now grappling with soaring prices, made worse by rising energy costs and record inflation.

And with the average cost of a full tank of petrol exceeding £100 for the first time and grocery bills soar, many are faced with an agonizing choice between paying for heating their homes or buying groceries to support their families.

In a poll that suggested the crisis could be having a serious impact on some people’s mental health, nearly a third told us they were feeling more depressed now.

And one in five people said getting up cost of living interfered with her sleep.

With the wholesale gas price in January 2022 almost four times higher than in early 2021, 48% said they had turned down the heating in their home.

A third of people told us they were socializing less.

Meanwhile, four in 10 respondents say they have switched to buying cheaper brands or used cheaper stores to save money.

“I can no longer afford the cost of living”

Mental health charities have reported increasing demand for their services from people who say they are struggling to cope with the rise in the cost of living.

Susan Lopez, 42, is a full-time caregiver, but her pay is low and hours are uncertain. She’s struggling with the rising cost of living – and after all the bills are paid, she’s only left with a few pounds to live on.

“I work as many hours as I can and I should be able to afford to live, but I can’t,” she said.

Susan lives alone – and she says her mental health has steadily deteriorated over the past six months.

She told us: “It’s so hard to get up every day and put on a brave face when everything I’m doing inside is falling apart.

“I don’t want to be here anymore. I’ve had enough of life, I can no longer bear the cost of living. It’s just too expensive.

“I’ve thought about suicide a few times. It’s that bad.”

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Susan Lopez struggles with the rising cost of living

“If we don’t see funds rising in line with demand…then people will die.”

According to Adam Crampsie, chief executive of Mental Health Concern, a charity that supports people on behalf of the NHS, one in five people on low incomes are up to three times more likely to develop mental health problems than wealthier families.

He said: “We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people coming to our crisis services due to the cost of living crisis seeking urgent help.

“We’re delivering things at the grassroots level, on the streets, to people who actually need that help today.

“And unfortunately it takes a very long time for government funds to reach us, if at all.”

He warned that unless funds increase in line with demand for access to the charity’s services, “people will die”.

The government said it was providing a package of measures to ease the pain caused by the cost of living.

A spokesman told Sky News: “We recognize the pressures people are facing as the cost of living increases and we are taking action to support households – by providing additional support to eight million of the most vulnerable households this year, and all domestic electricity customers will receive at least 400€.

“Mental health services will receive an additional $2.3 billion in funding through 2023-24 10-Year Mental Health Plan.”

If you are affected by this story and would like to speak to someone, you can call the Samaritans toll-free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

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