Each year over 100,000 people in problem debt attempt to take their own lives in England. The factors that can contribute to someone feeling suicidal are complex, but new research by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute shows that the intimidating and threatening letters people receive from lenders can be the trigger that leaves people feeling like there's no way out.

If you’ve ever received long, incomprehensible letters from companies chasing you for money - perhaps threatening legal action, summoning you to court or just confusing you with legalese - you might have an idea of how much stress these can cause.

Changing this intimidating language could save lives, and make it easier for people to pay off their debts. That’s why we’re backing Money and Mental Health’s calls for these letters to be reformed. The government can update the rules on debt letters so they are less intimidating, and signpost people in debt to the specialist advice they need. Help us stop the #DebtThreats by signing the petition.

The campaign is backed by Martin Lewis, the well-known journalist and campaigner who created the website MoneySavingExpert.com to give advice on money saving techniques to consumers. He said: “The last thing people struggling with debts need is a bunch of thuggish letters dropping through the letterbox. These letters are destroying lives, but it doesn’t have to be like this.”

Explaining why MHM are backing this campaign, our CEO Helen Mackay said: “This is an issue that so many of our clients face. People experiencing mental health problems are particularly vulnerable to the causes and effects of problem debt, and the stress of dealing with lenders’ aggressive tactics is a real roadblock for many people we work with on their journey towards recovery. We are hopeful that this campaign will change how lenders behave and make things easier for thousands of people who are struggling to get their lives back on track.”

Sign the petition to stop the #DebtThreats