Debtors ‘assisted’ by NHS helpline

Those in debt may welcome the news that aid is on hand, as the NHS has launched a new helpline – called the Stressline – to assist those concerned with employment, housing and debt.

Open daily between 08:00 GMT and 22:00 GMT, it was launched by care services minister Phil Hope and is aligned with the government’s Talking Therapies programme.

The Stressline has been designed to provide useful information, as well as advice from trained members of staff.

Mr Hope noted that escaping debt problems “always features” as a new year’s resolution and this scheme has been implemented to “improve people’s mental and financial wellbeing”.

“Debt can have a serious impact on a person’s mental wellbeing, causing stress, depression and even suicidal thoughts,” he said.

This comes after Chris Jenkins of the Homeowners Advice Centre recently observed that debtors often ignore their difficulties over the Christmas period, a fact that could see enquiries climb in the new year.

By Sarah Adie

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