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Housing Worries Trigger Depression and Stress

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7:00am 19th January 2013

The struggle to keep a roof over our heads is pushing more Cornish families into stress and depression.

New research by homeless charity Shelter said one in three people in the south west are suffering as they worry about housing costs.

Nationally, it also claimed the number of people struggling to keep up with rent and mortgages payments has increased by 44 percent.

Emily Shipp, Campaigns Officer at Shelter, said: "I think housing costs are just one of those things that we expect to be able to pay and often, people find themselves caught out when suddenly unexpected job losses or relationship breakdowns leave them struggling to meet these costs. People often do find it difficult to talk about these things."

"The costs are different in different areas. Obviously in the south west, because wages have been stagnating, that's been a problem for people. And we would encourage anyone in the south west to seek advice with Shelter if they feel they are in that situation."

If you are worried about problems paying the rent or mortgage you can find advice at Shelter's website here.

7:00am 19th January 2013

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