World Mental Health Day 2022

For World Mental Health Day, we at Missing People wanted to acknowledge the current state of affairs and the impact that this might have on someone’s mental health, as the issues of mental health and missing are so closely linked. Up to 8 in every 10 missing adults suffer from diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health issues.

An increasing number of those who are getting in touch with our Services team cite financial difficulty or instability as a contributing factor.

Missing People research

Missing People recently conducted research exploring the experiences of adults who have been missing. As part of this research, we asked to what extent certain things influenced people to go missing.

41% said that financial problems influenced their decision. The most common financial influences were ‘I had trouble making ends meet’ and ‘I had a lot of debt’.

Get help

Some people leave home or think about going missing because they are struggling with their mental health.

If you are thinking of going missing, contact our Helpline 116 000 by call or text, or email

You can also access our services and learn more about the ways we can help below:

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Other support

You can also access services that provide support for other issues you may be facing:

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