Research shows money stress can make people up to 20 times more likely to make a suicide attempt. We saw this issue come to light recently with the popular TV show 'Squid Games'.Financial hardship is a common problem. The average American is $52,930 in debt. This includes money owed for mortgages and leases as well as student loans; it also includes credit card debts that many of us are very aware can have physiological effects on our lives - like stomach issues or headaches. But did you know financial hardship is a major risk factor for suicide? In this episode, we talk with Melanie Lockert, author of the blog and book 'Dear Debt' and host of the Mental Health and Wealth Show. Her blog and podcast highlight the intersection of money and mental health and provide content and resources for those struggling. The site and the podcast aim to support those who are struggling with debt and depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and more. This episode is so needed for anyone who struggles with debt and/or mental health.