The country’s leading anxiety disorders charity, Anxiety UK, say they fear the recent spell of cold weather will have led to increased anxiety for many hard pressed families and the elderly.
The unseasonal wintery weather combined with the rising costs of gas and electric as demand escalates could not have come at a worse time say Anxiety UK.
Impending changes to the welfare system, housing benefits and council tax reductions are already making life for many elderly and hard pressed families even more stressful say the charity.
Unexpected additional pressures and higher than anticipated fuel bills only make those burdens even harder to bear.
Anxiety UK CEO Nicky Lidbetter said: “The recent spell of cold weather, with snow in many parts of the country and even floods in the South West, will have hit many elderly people and hard pressed families in their pockets at a time when many of them least need further financial worries and pressures.
“We would urge family, friends and neighbours to keep an eye on potentially vulnerable people and encourage them to seek advice and support if they are worried they are feeling unexpectedly anxious, stressed or worried.”
Anxiety UK work with anxiety sufferers matching them to the right resources to help them and can be contacted via its helpline on 08444 775 774 or visit their web site at anxietyuk.org.uk