Black Country Folk Offered Helping Hand with New NHS Stress Hotline – 07/01/10

People living in the Black Country can access advice on tackling anxieties and depression after the NHS launched a stress-busting helpline.

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is encouraging people living in the area to call the NHS Stressline on 0300 123 2000 if they are feeling low and want to talk about their worries.

By tackling depression and anxieties at the earliest opportunity could help to prevent more serious health problems relating to depression and anxiety from developing in the future.

The rising levels of unemployment and debt caused by the economic downturn have left many people in the region worried about their jobs, the cost of living and housing. Seeking advice and support on emotional wellbeing and expert advice can help people to get their lives back on track.

The NHS Stressline enables trained health advisers to listen, give advice and help to deal with issues and overcome difficulties which can cause distress.

Wendy Pugh, Director of Operations and Nursing from Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust, said:

“The effects of the recession can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. However it is important that those affected are aware that there is help out there and by accessing support services early people can have the support to deal with emotional issues and get their lives back on track.”

“The stigma associated with mental illness often prevents people from seeking help, however the Stressline is anonymous, so it couldn’t be easier for people to seek advice.”

The NHS Stressline is open 7 days a week between 8am and 10pm.