Depression hotline does brisk business

A new help line for sufferers of depression set up by the Research Institute for Mental Health in mid-May has already received hundreds of calls, particularly from women, staff said yesterday. Some 391 people called the hotline between May 12 and June 12 to discuss their emotional problems with the trained experts, they said. Seven out of 10 (69 percent) callers were women and nearly half (43 percent) of all callers were aged between 31 and 45. A large proportion (72.9 percent) were Athenians and nearly half were university and college graduates. Of the female callers, some wanted to discuss problems concerning their children or their partners. A significant proportion of callers (59 percent) claimed to have taken medication for their mental health problems in the past.