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Psychologists warn that the crisis is having a disproportionate impact on women’s mental health

Women feel more anxious about paying bills and household costs and more depressed about the cost-of-living crisis than men, a survey suggests.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has warned that the crisis is having a disproportionate impact on women’s mental health.

YouGov surveyed 2,006 adults in Britain between September 6 and 7 for the charity, which represents psychologists in the UK.

It found that 61% of women said they were more anxious to pay bills than they were a year ago, compared to 47% of men.

Three in 10 women said money worries made them feel depressed, compared to 26% of men.

The BPS joins a number of organizations and politicians calling on the government to increase benefits in line with inflation.

Julia Faulconbridge, a licensed psychologist and member of the clinical psychology division at the BPS, said: “We know that women often take on more childcare and household responsibilities and are more likely to have low-paying and insecure jobs, which it increases their chances of being hit by rising prices and subsequently experiencing increased anxiety, stress and worry.

“There is a clear causal link between living in poverty and mental health difficulties.”

The government has not ruled out a cut in benefits in real terms, with reports suggesting payments could rise in line with average earnings growth. A decision is expected in November, which will take effect in April.

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