Online clinic to offer help for people affected by alcohol and drug use

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Men concerned about their alcohol or drug use will be able to get online help from Swanswell at a special clinic being held next week.

Just talking to someone from an organisation such as Swanswell can make a big difference and will help you understand your next steps, so you can begin to change and be happy

Men concerned about their alcohol or drug use will be able to get online help from Swanswell at a special clinic being held next week.

On Monday 16 April 2012, the national charity will guest host on Pfizer’s Man MOT (Monday Opportunity to Talk) to offer advice and information about a range of alcohol or drug-related issues in a confidential, one-to-one online chat at http://www.manmot.co.uk.

One of Swanswell’s specially trained staff will be available during the online clinic between 6pm and 10pm to respond to specific questions or to give advice – whether it’s their own concerns about their alcohol or drug use, or someone else’s.

As part of the usual Man MOT clinics, visitors will have access to fully qualified GPs, who will be able to chat confidentially about other health concerns and general information.

It’s the second time Swanswell has offered the service to visitors of Man MOT, following a similar online clinic during Alcohol Awareness Week in October 2011.

Sarah Brighton, Swanswell’s Business Development Manager, is leading on the project for the national charity.

She said: ‘Statistics tell us that men are far less likely to go to their GP about any health concerns than women, so we’ve joined with Man MOT again to offer easy access to help for anyone worried about either their alcohol or drug use, or that of someone else.

‘People don’t often realise there is a problem or they’re too embarrassed to come forward for advice but it’s important to stress that alcohol or drug misuse can affect anyone and there’s no need to feel ashamed about asking for help.

‘Just talking to someone from an organisation such as Swanswell can make a big difference and will help you understand your next steps, so you can begin to change and be happy.’

To find out more about Swanswell and the services it provides, visit http://www.swanswell.org.

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