‘Tackling the January Blues’


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Mental Health Support and Money Advice Available

As Stirling moves into 2024, local MP Alyn Smith is urging anyone with money worries or who may be feeling low to reach out to dedicated helplines and experts, standing by to assist.

Commonly referred to as the ‘January blues’, this particular time of year can see poor mental health, financial stress and low energy as the excitement of festive celebrations fades and winter weather and Christmas debt begin to impact mental and financial wellbeing.

In December, The Money Charity reported UK Credit Card Debt averaged £2,417 per household and £1,276 per adult, by the end of October 2023.

The news comes as the cost of living crisis continues to squeeze households and businesses across the Stirling and Forth Valley area. The Office of National Statistics reported the UK economy shrank by -0.3% in October, increasing fears of an incoming economic recession.

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘If you, or someone you know, is struggling at this time of year – there’s a range of help and support out there who can lend a helping hand. Stirling and Scotland are lucky to have a range of advice services who can provide expert guidance and assistance, the details of which can be found on my website: www.alynsmith.scot

‘As your Member of Parliament for Westminster, I work extremely closely with your locally elected Councillors and Members of the Scottish Parliament on your behalf. If there is anything we can do to assist you in these tough times, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

‘Stirling has an immense community spirit, as our collective response to the pandemic demonstrated. Let’s look out for each other this winter, especially during this ongoing cost of living crisis.’