AS the cost of living crisis grips the nation, a Southampton lecturer is offering advice on how to manage your money worries.

Dr Bruno De Oliveira teaches Social and Community Psychology at Solent University.

In his latest research into social inequality and mental distress, the 37-year-old found that the psychological impact of the cost of living crisis is profound and often overlooked. 

While explaining the toll poverty can have on people, the Southampton lecturer said: "Poverty is humiliating.

"It can stop people from feeling like they matter. It can deny them the sense both that they are valued, as individuals, and that they are adding value to their community."  

As the prices of food, energy bills and fuel continue to go up, Dr De Oliveira is offering tips to help struggling families overcome their mental health problems. 

He said: "People should seek help from their GP. It is important to break the stigma. 

"If you are worried about a family member or friend, ask, please encourage them to open up. Be their emotional support. 

"There are a number of ways you can start managing your debt beyond budgeting. 

"Organisations like Stepchange provide debt advice online, or you can get in touch with Anxiety UK." 

A survey by the Office for National Statistics found that more than three-quarters of people in the UK are concerned about increasing living costs.

Seventy-seven per cent of respondents over the age of 16 reported feeling "very or somewhat worried about the rising cost of living". Half of those polled indicated they worried "almost every day".

Research also revealed that being stuck in a stream of mounting pressure for a long period of time can increase the chances of being diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

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