WEARSIDERS are among the most worried in the country when it comes to job security and money troubles, according to a new survey.
Calls to Samaritans’ helpline about financial worries have doubled in the three years since the onset of the financial crisis.
One in five people contacting the charity this year talked about job concerns, housing problems, debt and other financial pressures, doubling from one in 10 calls in 2008.
Now its annual survey of the nation’s worries reveals that almost 60 per cent of people in the North East fear they will not have enough money to live comfortably in the coming year.
A third of people surveyed are concerned about losing their job or having difficulty finding work.
Allan Monkhouse, branch director of Sunderland Samaritans, said: “Samaritans receives over 2.5million calls a year.
“Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, the number of people calling us about their money worries has doubled.
“If you’re struggling to cope with the challenges you’re facing in these difficult times, we’d encourage you to get in touch with Samaritans.
“Our service runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is available throughout the Christmas period.”
People in the North East are the most likely in the UK to worry about domestic politics and the Government (38 per cent), compared with 25 per cent of people in the North West.
North East figures also showed that more than a quarter of people, 27 per cent, considered 2011 a bad year or their worst year ever, compared with 33 per cent in 2010.
The survey indicated that the region, along with the North West, has the greatest percentage of people who are hopeful that their financial situation will improve in 2012, 37 per cent compared to 31 per cent nationally.
People said small acts of kindness, such as someone smiling at them, 61 per cent, giving them a compliment, 60 per cent or a hug, 56 per cent, having time to chat, 51 per cent, or listening to them, 42 per cent, helped brighten their day.
Twenty-three per cent of people said they won’t have any New Year’s resolutions for 2012.
The top three resolutions included starting to get more exercise, 35 per cent, losing weight, 34 per cent, and saving more money, 22 per cent.