WAND mental health charity in Barnstaple has received £15,000 towards its telephone helpline. The grant has been made by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales through its Community Programme. In the past year, more than 1,500 calls were made to

WAND mental health charity in Barnstaple has received £15,000 towards its telephone helpline. The grant has been made by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales through its Community Programme.In the past year, more than 1,500 calls were made to the WAND telephone helpline which is open on Friday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday each week (8pm to 11pm).The money will help cover the costs of running the free, confidential service for people in Devon. The lines are manned by fully trained volunteers who provide non-judgemental emotional support, giving callers the necessary time and space to explore their thoughts and feelings in order that they can work through issues which are affecting them. The callers have varying needs and include people who are hallucinating, self-harming, feeling isolated or are stressed in their home or work life. Stella Ansell, helpline co-ordinator at WAND said: "Each month we receive around 70 calls to the helpline. This funding will help ensure that we are there for people who need our support."Trevor Smale, manager at the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, said: "We are delighted to be able to help WAND as it supports people in the evenings when other services may not be available."The WAND helpline is available on freephone 0808 800 0312. Typetalk and Language Line is available. Find out more at www.wandmentalhealth.co.uk.