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Sunday 17 December 2017

Calls to mental helpline soar by 60pc

CALLS to a mental health helpline soared by almost 60pc last month, it has emerged.

St Patrick's University Hospital said it heard from 213 people in crisis in January -- compared to 134 in January 2011.

Staff on its support and information line took 1,853 calls throughout the year.

Tom Maher, director of clinical services, said it was encouraging to see more people seeking advice earlier rather than suffering in silence.



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