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Mental health workers in Cov-entry fear many people are suffering in silence when they could be getting support.

Coventry's Mental Health Information Centre helps patients and carers but says there are many in need it is not currently reaching.

Chairwomen Mary McNaney said one obstacle to people seeking help was that they worried about being caught up in official services.

She said the centre - on the first floor of the Methodist Central Hall in Warwick Lane - offered them an alternative. It is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am to noon.

The voluntary service caters for people all ages seeking help on any mental health issue, including depression, bereavement and gender worries.

Mrs McNaney said: ``A lot of people don't know which way to turn and I think they have an awful fear of `officialdom' but here, if they want to stay anonymous there's no pressure at all.

``Many people don't really want long-term therapy or counselling - just a chat and a cuppa. It often helps just to talk and off-load.''
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 6, 1999
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