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Workers offered support for depression.

Redundant Rover workers are being offered round-the-clock support for depression, stress and other mental health issues.

A 24-hour helpline has been set up to give former employees and their families access to a range of health care professionals.

The helpline will be the first port of call for the thousands across the Midlands suffering anxiety as a result of the Longbridge plant's closure.

Those who need further help will be given access to an online self-help programme, Relief Series, based on cognitive behavioural therapy, to enable people to work through their issues at home Charity Mental Health Matters and interactive health care specialists Ultrasis, approached the Rover Task Force to offer these services to the workforce for free.

John Smith, the charity's executive director, said: 'We were deeply saddened to hear of the distress that the closure has caused to so many people and made a decision to try and do something positive. This is a means of providing some practical help in dealing with the huge emotional strain the MG Rover closure will have placed on thousands of families.

n The 24-hour helpline is 0800 085 1720; the Relief Series is at www.mg-rover .pctcalm.com
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