Calls to mental health helpline increase 50%

16th July 2015

Calls To Mental Health Helpline Increase 50%

Severe financial worries could be behind a massive surge in calls to a mental health helpline.

Mental health charity Mind has reported and 50 per cent rise in calls to their confidential Infoline with large numbers of callers describing “acute and complex” problems, often linked to their financial situation.

Calls relating to suicide have also increased by around 30 per cent in the past 12 months with the charity receiving some 1,546 calls.

The total number of calls to the Infoline now tops 68,000, a staggering rise from the 46,000 received in 2011-12.

Mind ambassador, TV presenter Anna Williamson said: “It’s easy to forget you’re not alone, that actually 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem every year. Through my role (as a Mind ambassador) I’m determined to let people know it’s ok to ask for help.

“Opening up is the key to getting better. Since I first shared my own experiences, I’ve heard from so many others in the same position.”

Mind offers two confidential mental health information services the Mind Infoline and the Legal advice service which offer a confidential listening ear as well as information and advice.

Advisors can post information to people in unmarked envelopes, or they can direct callers to information available on the charity’s website.

The Mind Infoline operates between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 0300 123 3393.

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