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Consumers spend more money in the month of December than at any other time of the year. For someone struggling with unemployment or financial strains, this time of year can be depressing.

Being unemployed or financially unstable for any reason takes a toll on a person’s mental health. Especially at a time of year when presents are common (or expected), when families want to travel to see each other, and when lots of expenses tend to creep up, being financially unable to keep up with society can be disappointing. Many people turn to drinking or drugs to take their cares away, which leads to even more troubles. Other people become depressed and their mental health is so impacted that they begin to lose touch with reality.

Making Use of Resources Available

Someone with a substance abuse problem or a mental health issue should seek professional help. However, when one struggles with making ends meet, mental health tends to be overlooked. If someone has to choose between seeing a psychiatrist or feeding their family, they are going to spend the money on their family. What someone in this situation doesn’t always realize is that mental stability can go a long way toward getting someone back on their feet. They also may not be aware of programs and facilities in their area that can help without charging a lot of money.

The Importance of Good Mental Health

There are resources set up in most areas to help those in dire situations. Shelters, food banks, and energy assistance help with basic physical needs. However, we need to not overlook the hidden problems of poverty, including depression, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. These things must be managed before a person can live a stable life again and start working their way up. It’s hard to hold down a job when you have a hard time dragging yourself out of bed in the morning. It’s hard to be strong enough to take care of your kids if you have severe anxiety or another mental disorder. You can’t get a job if you keep failing┬áthe drug tests. We don’t think about it enough, but mental health is very important to a person’s overall wellbeing.

Getting Help Early

Prevention and early intervention are key. Someone who feels themself slipping mentally because of financial problems should get help sooner rather than later. Any feelings of depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol cravings, or other compulsive behaviors are cause for concern and should be addressed. Anyone in a tough financial situation who is feeling these things should seek help. Humans’ mental health is very valuable. Don’t let that slip away, even if it seems that there is no hope.


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Bethany Winkel

This article was written by Bethany Winkel

Joining the TSN online family in 2008, Bethany has used her skills as a writer to reach many people through her blog. Always eager to be a help to others, she is pleased to see her writing become a source of information, encouragement, and hope for those impacted by substance abuse. Bethany is happy to be involved with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of others. Bethany has also held the position of development coordinator for a nonprofit youth center for the past 6 years. With her expertise in grant writing, Bethany has raised over $1 million for programming that benefits at-risk youth. The happy mother of 4 young children, Bethany juggles her writing from home with spending time with her family. If her hours of research for her TSN blog articles have taught her one thing, it is to be an involved parent who takes time to listen to her kids.