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Recession sees surge in calls to mental health lines

21st May 2012

A mental health charity has warned that it has seen an increase in the number of calls its helplines have received since the recession started.


The number of calls to Mind on all subjects went up by 28% in 2012 compared with the same period last year.

The charity's advisors said the number of calls which related to finance and work had doubled since 2008.

Mind also warned that four in ten calls were not being answered because of the increase and said there were problems with funding.

It said they answered more than 40,000 enquiries from 2011/12 and the number of calls had gone up ever since the helpline opened 20 years ago.

Mind's chief executive Paul Farmer said mental health was "affected" by jobs, finances and work environment.

"All of these can be affected during tough economic times and, as we head back into recession, we are seeing an ever growing need for what we have to offer. The era of austerity shows little sign of abating and more and more people need our help."

"At the same time the local Mind network is facing the challenging situation of increased demand for services and potential cuts to funding." 


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