In England, as with most parts of the world, stress has taken a decidedly central role in the lives of millions of people, and recent turmoil within the financial markets has created substantial sources of worry and emotional difficulty among the population. As the New Year approaches, many are likely to focus their resolutions on handling debt-related issues, though efforts to promote a greater sense of inner peace and well-being may be less popular. England’s residents now have an option to incorporate better mental health into their fight against financial woes, thanks to a newly-launched helpline operated by the National Health Service called the “Stressline.”
The phone line has already helped several people reach a more manageable state and has directed at least fifty percent of callers to local resources for psychotherapy and other forms of treatment that can help financial and other worries become workable challenges rather than threatening obstacles. The line expects to experience considerable traffic through the holidays and at the beginning of the year as residents take a close look at their finances and attempt to make positive changes to rise out of debt, which is estimated at about ten thousand pounds per household, excluding mortgages.
Operated by mental health professionals including therapists and counselors, the line takes a serious approach to crisis intervention and the promotion of rational, beneficial thinking, and is available to residents from eight in the morning until ten in the evening each day. While many calls produce positive results for those in need on the spot, direction to mental health and financial support is likely to prove an invaluable feature. The success of the line may help inspire other nations to adopt similar services for stressed residents.
© Copyright 2010 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.
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