In a society where discussions about money and debt are often met with discomfort and stigma, storytelling emerges as a powerful tool for fostering understanding, empathy, and support. At Money Advice Scotland, we recognise the transformative potential of sharing personal experiences, and we invite you to join us in harnessing the power of storytelling to challenge stigma and reshape the narrative surrounding money and debt.


Why share?

It breaks the silence 

Money and debt issues can evoke feelings of shame, embarrassment, and isolation, leading many individuals to suffer in silence. By bravely sharing your story, you not only break the silence but also create a sense of connection and solidarity within our community. Your openness serves as a beacon of hope for others who may be grappling with similar challenges, letting them know that they are not alone on their journey. 

It influences change 

Stories have the remarkable ability to humanise complex issues and evoke empathy in others. When people hear firsthand accounts of the struggles faced by individuals dealing with money and debt, they gain a deeper understanding of the human impact of their policies and practices. Your story has the power to influence policymakers, businesses, and communities to adopt more compassionate approaches and enact positive change. 

It empowers others 

Sharing your experiences can be an act of empowerment, both for yourself and for others. By recounting how you've navigated stigmatising language, you inspire hope and resilience in those who may be facing similar situations. Your story serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit and offers invaluable support to individuals who are seeking guidance and reassurance. 


How to share

1. Write your story 

Take the time to reflect on your experiences with stigmatising language and money and debt, and write your story with honesty and authenticity. Share the challenges you've faced and the support that has made a difference in your journey. Your unique perspective adds richness and depth to the collective narrative, highlighting the diverse experiences within our community. 

2. Include your perspective 

When recounting your personal experiences, take the opportunity to share your thoughts on the language and stigma surrounding money and debt. How have these factors impacted your journey, and what changes would you like to see in how we talk about and address financial challenges? Your insights contribute to a deeper understanding of the systemic issues at play and help to inform advocacy efforts for change. 

3. Share anonymously

If you prefer to maintain your privacy, you can choose to share your story anonymously. Your confidentiality is paramount, and we respect your decision to share your experiences in a way that feels safe and comfortable for you.  

Share Your Story Here

Your voice matters, and your story has the power to inspire change. Together, let's break the silence surrounding money and debt, challenge stigma, and foster a more compassionate and supportive society. Join us in sharing your story today and be part of the movement for positive change with the Dignity First campaign.