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7th – 11th September 2020 is Northern Ireland Savings Week. Do you have money worries this year? It’s time to Open Up… This year, we understand that most of us will have felt worried or uncertain about our finances at some point in time, so we want to encourage the public and our Members to ‘open up’ about the impact that money worries could have on their mental health.
We have partnered with Action Mental Health and the Consumer Council NI, to help anyone who may be feeling anxious about their finances to better understand their situation and protect their mental health. We want to normalise talking about these issues; it's OK to talk and it’s OK to ask for help.
Action Mental Health, which was founded in 1963 in Downpatrick, has for the past 57 years been dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland. Working across NI, Action Mental Health offer a range of services from therapeutic counselling for people of all ages to personal development, vocational skills and employability training options.
Action Mental Health has been working hard over lockdown to ensure that people in Northern Ireland have access to the vital support they need during this time of uncertainty and apprehension. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and despite additional government support, people are having to make difficult financial choices, and this is even more of an issue for people who were already experiencing mental health problems.
Action Mental Health has shared some tips on ways to support your mental health and wellbeing for Savings Week. You can also check out their website to see just how Action Mental Health could help you.
We are also partnering with The Consumer Council, who have supported Northern Ireland Savings week since it began in 2018; they provide free, independent support and advice for all consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland and are here to make sure that those who are trying to save know where to start.
The Consumer Council believe that saving money is not only about setting some of your income aside, but also looking at how you spend money, knowing where it is going and reducing some of your costs. Check out the Consumer Council’s free online budgeting tool below which provides you with a spending report that allows you to easily review your spending and see where your money is going, helping to take the stress out of money management.
This NI Savings Week, we bring you a collection of interest reads from bloggers, Action Mental Health & Progressive staff, to provide information on financial and mental wellbeing.
Are you stressed about saving and don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing an account to open? We’re bringing it back to basics, to help you make the first step on your savings journey.Read 'Getting your head around savings'
Kevin Flannery, Progressive Building Society’s Wellington Place Branch Manager has provided answers to some of the most frequently ‘Googled’ savings queries and questions, so that all the important information you need is in the one place!Hear from a Progressive Branch Manager
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