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The Stress of Finances and Suicidal Behavior

For many Americans, debt is a growing stressor, especially in these times of uncertainty. One may feel embarrassed and overwhelmed by their debt and feel like there is no way to get out. A recent job loss or history of mental disorders could exacerbate an already stressful situation. Debt can make one feel trapped which can lead to chronic stress, depression, or even thoughts of suicide. Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. Many times, they will drop hints, but sometimes these warning signs can be overlooked.

Here are some red flags to look for:

  • They have mentioned feeling hopeless or not having a reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Talking about being trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Withdrawing from activities they once enjoyed
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Acting anxious, agitated or reckless
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Changes in sleep; sleeping too much or insomnia
  • Giving away possessions

If you or someone you know are feeling hopeless or suicidal, please know that you’re not alone, and there are resources that can help. The following Suicide and Crisis prevention hotlines are free and open 24/7 for anyone who needs someone anonymous to talk to.


Suicide Hotlines:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 open 24/7 free and confidential
  • Rochester NY: Lifeline: 585-275-5151 For hearing impaired TTY: 585-275-2700
  • Syracuse NY Area: Onondaga Suicide prevention Hotline: 315-251-0600


Resources to get help with Debt:

  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester: 888-724-2227
  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC): 800-388-2227
  • Debtors Anonymous: 800-421-2383