Our mental health problems mounting



THERE is “a huge demand” for help from a growing number of Coleraine residents struggling to cope with debilitating mental health problems.

Mental health consultant Niall McAlinden, who runs twice weekly clinics in the town to cope with his ever-increasing workload, told the Chronicle: “There are many people locally who believe there are no real, proper answers to their problems; this seems to stem from them feeling there are no adequate successful treatments on offer.”

Niall McAlinden spoke out on the shocking scale of mental health problems to mark World Mental Health Day tomorrow (Wednesday, October 10).

He said: “In Northern Ireland, mental health issues are 25% higher than the rest of the UK, with as many as one in four people suffering from mental health difficulties at any given moment.

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