Recession drives up calls to mental health lines


The amount of people calling mental health helplines has surged since the start of the recession, according to the charity Mind*.

Calls to the charity’s helplines have increased by up to 28 per cent this year compared to last, and calls about personal finance and employment issues have doubled since 2008.

Mind says that because of demand, 40 per cent of calls are going unanswered. The charity has also warned that there are funding issues.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “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.”

Westfield Health’s health cash plans include a 24 hour counselling and advice line, enabling policyholders and their dependent family members to speak confidentially to a fully qualified counsellor, at any time.

Many of Westfield’s corporate health plans also provide access to up to six face to face counselling sessions or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions.

As published on 21st May 2012