Ensuring that basic daily needs are met, including food security, affording housing, meaningful employment and healthy relationships and support systems are in place.
Putting food on the table, making sure you have a safe place to sleep, and covering utility costs can be a challenge if income is not keeping pace with the cost of living. This type of stress can cause a myriad of problems, from feeling irritable, sad, or more anxious than usual, to more serious issues like depression, addiction issues and even thoughts of suicide. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help address your situation.
Addressing the financial situation is only part of the solution. It is also necessary to invest in your well-being and mental health. While addressing the immediate financial needs will provide relief, finding long-term solutions will improve your financial, mental and physical health.
You’re not alone. Help is available from people who care about you and will connect you to the appropriate available resources.
Asking for help can be difficult and stir up feelings of shame, guilt, and fear of judgment. It can be easier to keep issues hidden and not ask for help until the situation worsens. Be Connected can provide a safe space where you can feel comfortable asking for help. We know it can be an emotional time and will work with you from a place of empathy.
Basic Needs FAQs
What approach could somebody take to improve their situation if they do not currently have the resources to cover their basic needs?
How can I help someone who is having trouble with covering the basic needs for themselves and/or their family?
How can those who are vulnerable and looking for immediate help, avoid being scammed and taken advantage of?
Many resources in the state of Arizona offer help, including community, government and military benefits. However, these systems can be complex and overwhelming to work through, especially when seeking a resolution to an immediate need. Be Connected uses a resource matching tool to help find the right information and resources that best fit your situation. Please call 866-429-8387 for additional assistance.
The ten areas of focus include Basic Needs, Employment, Family & Social Supports, Finances & Benefits, Higher Education, Housing & Homelessness, Legal, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Physical Health and Spirituality.
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