A woman from South Gloucestershire has revealed her "isolation and despair" after being forced to live on the equivalent of just over one pound a day as a result of serious debt.
It comes as a new has report found one in five people in Bristol are struggling to stay on top of their finances, with the majority of the region's support charities now facing closure.
Sarah says she had to live on £15 a fortnight after her bills were paid.
She kept going on Cup-a-Soups: for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sarah was getting Jobseeker's Allowance at the time but says her personal circumstances made life tough.
Sarah took out a personal loan and went deep into her overdraft. She struggled to get the companies sending the bills to understand her situation. But then things got even worse.
All the while, Sarah's debt was mounting up and up, leaving her feeling "isolated".
In the end Sarah got help from the Southern Brooks charity in Patchway.
Staff say more and more people are coming to them with debt and the mental health problems that go with it.
A new report has found that 17.2% of people in Bristol are in too much debt and that people with money worries are more likely to report depression and suicidal feelings.
But Southern Brooks has had its council funding cut, just as more people are coming to it for help.
All over the region, similar charities are facing similar struggles.
In its report the Quartet Community Foundation has found that fewer than half the West's community support charities are confident they can survive the next 5 years.
Quartet, which already gives a million pounds a year of donated money to community groups like Southern Brooks says the public should fill the funding gap.