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Money worries blamed for big rise in calls to mental health helpline

August 9, 2010

RISING redundancies and financial worries have led to a large increase in people in Scotland asking for help with mental health problems, figures reveal.
NHS 24, which runs the Breathing Space helpline, said in the last year calls to the service increased by 16 per cent to 58,528 in 2009/10.

Officials said the current economic climate, with people being made redundant and suffering stress and anxiety because of financial worries, was thought to be behind the increase.

This March saw the service answer the most calls since it was launched in 2002, with 5,854 callers dealt with. The total demand is likely to be even higher, as the service in total received more than 6,000 calls that month, but was unable to answer several hundred of them.


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