Local app launched to ease money worries
A new mobile phone app has been launched to combat financial stress and worry in the Borders.
As the effects of Covid-19 continue to impact on many aspects of our home and work lives, the NHS Borders Money Worries app was launched by the local health authority, Scottish Borders Council and third sector partners, designed to help Borderers affected by a wide range of financial concerns to access the support available.
The app contains a digital directory with information about support services available nationally and locally. The user-friendly design and content are divided into four key areas; Money, Health, Housing and Work.
Fiona Doig, head of health improvement for NHS Borders, said: “Money worries at the best of times can cause stress which may lead to anxiety and affect our mental and physical health, as well as our relationships at home and at work.
"We know that these sorts of worries are increasing in our communities as we live through the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on jobs and businesses.
"We are hoping our app will overcome some of the barriers people are experiencing in the absence of face to face support from families, friends and support services.”