Housing costs cause stress and depression for millions

17 January 2013

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A new YouGov survey from Shelter has revealed the emotional strain faced by millions of families as they struggle to meet their housing costs.

According to the research:

  • almost one in three adults (equivalent to 15 million people) say housing costs are causing stress and depression in their family
  • one in four (equivalent to 12.2 million people) are kept awake at night by the stress of paying their rent or mortgage 
  • one in four say housing costs are causing arguments with their partner and other family members.

The findings follow on from Shelter’s research earlier this month, which showed 7.8 million people are constantly struggling to keep up with their rent or mortgage, an increase of 44% from the same time last year.

Shelter is urging anyone having difficulties to seek advice on the Shelter website.

Campbell Robb, Shelter’s Chief Executive, said: ‘These findings reveal the heartbreaking reality of living in fear of losing your home.

‘Behind closed doors millions of families face stress, sleepless nights and strained relationships as they desperately struggle to afford their housing bills.

Anyone having difficulty paying the rent or mortgage should get advice now. Don’t risk your home by leaving it too late.’

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