ChildLine sees “dramatic” increase in mental health-related calls

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ChildLine, the 24 hour counselling service, has revealed that calls from children and young people about mental health issues increased dramatically over the Christmas period.

Figures show that:

• “Calls on depression and mental health-related matters increased by 103% during Christmas 2011 (compared to Christmas 2010).”

• “Calls regarding self-harm and suicide increased by 62% and 57% respectively.”

ChildLine President Esther Rantzen, said: “These figures clearly demonstrate how many distressed children depend on ChildLine, especially at times such as Christmas which is often particularly difficult for vulnerable young people.

“ChildLine is a vital life line for thousands of young people who desperately need support and advice on suicidal thoughts, self-harm, sexual abuse and mental illness.”

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