Pandemic has left me in debt crisis – and now it's destroying my relationship

DEAR DEIDRE: THE pandemic has left me in piles of debt. Now it’s destroying my relationship.

I’m a man of 44 and lost my job in the first lockdown. My partner is 40, self-employed and has received no Government help.

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We had modest savings so were refused universal credit. Now we’re broke and must sell our home.

I’m depressed and my partner is virtually suicidal, I don’t know how to help her.

The stress makes us argue all the time. I can’t see a future for either of us.
Please help.

DEIDRE SAYS: Please do speak to your GP, and urge your partner to do so too.

There is no need to struggle on alone.

If your partner is feeling suicidal, she can call Samaritans any time, day or night, on 116 123.

My support pack on Depression has more advice.

You need to talk to your partner and support each other.

For financial support, get in touch with Turn2Us (, 0808 802 2000).

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