12 Jan 2009

Workers seek advice as recession hits home

2:36 pm on 12 January 2009

More New Zealand workers are seeking financial help because of the recession.

A leading provider of workplace support says it had a marked increase in calls late last year.

Seed, which provides short-term counselling in workplaces, says it had a noticeable increase in calls regarding financial, gambling and stress-related problems in November and December.

National manager for psychological services Carol Galloway says the number of calls for general counselling has been increasing anyway, but there is a clear link between requests for financial help and the economic downturn.

Ms Galloway says many callers are employed in the supermarket and food industry.