Expatriate health insurance policyholders who are struggling emotionally could pinpoint the cause of their distress to their finances.
According to Una Farrell, spokeswoman for the Consumer Credit Counselling Service, more education is needed to highlight the link between debt and mental health anguish.
"A lot of our clients are in emotional distress when they come to us, and that often goes hand in hand with debt problems. We have been doing more research to look into those links," she explained.
"There have always been people who have come to us who are very distressed, but it is timely now to do something about it."
Her comments come as research from MyVoucherCodes.co.uk revealed a third of respondents believe they will never be free of debt.
Some 86 per cent said they currently owe money on credit cards, loans or their overdraft, while over half (54 per cent) admitted they would always need financial help to fund their chosen lifestyle.