BriefingBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7108.3a (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3a-7108
The BMA's telephone oriented counselling service fielded its 5000th call last week: it has received almost 300 each month since the inception of the service more than a year ago. The average call lasted just over 30 minutes; more calls were received from female and younger doctors. Emotional problems - stress, anxiety, and depression - were the primary reason for 40% of calls. Twelve callers had attempted suicide, and 50 had threatened it.