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More people reaching out for mental health advice

More people reaching out for mental health advice
21st May 2012

More and more people concerned about their mental health or that of others are reaching out for advice and support.

The charity Mind has reported a surge in calls to their helplines, including infoline and legal line, compared to the same period in 2010-11.

Infoline and legal line enquires have risen by 18 per cent and 28 per cent respectively between October and April, indicating that a greater number of people are reaching out.

Calls to Mind's helplines have increased steadily over the 20 years since they opened, but as society comes to accept mental health, their volume has sky-rocketed.

Between 2011-2012, over 40,000 calls were responded to, but the charity is still struggling to meet demand for services, with 40 per cent of calls going unanswered.

Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, explained that the recession has also contributed to the growing number of people seeking mental health advice.

"As we head back into recession, we are seeing an ever growing need for what Mind has to offer," he said.

Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.