NHS launches online mental health checker

An online mental heath checker has been launched by NHS Direct.

It is in response to rising numbers of people seeking help for depression and anxiety.

A total of 37,500 people telephoned complaining of stress and mental health problems in the first six months of the year, according to the government’s health advice and information agency.

That is 5,000 more than the previous 12 months.

The checker allows people to seek help without having to speak to a doctor or nurse, and asks if they are feeling “low, depressed, anxious, panicky, stressed out or under pressure”.

Spokeswoman Jacqui Jedrzejewski said: “The aim is to get people on the right track so that they can get ongoing support.”

Depending on answers people will be advised to call 999, visit a GP or speak to an NHS Direct nurse.

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