Money and health are top concerns among families

A national freephone helpline for people in stressed-out families is to be launched by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Aimed at people struggling with family rows, money worries, new parenthood and relationship difficulties, Family Line will be open every weekday evening from 6pm to 10pm and at weekends from 10am to 1pm.

Its launch follows research suggesting one third of people in families want someone to talk to about their problems as social isolation grows, according to the report in the Guardian.

David Holmes, chief executive of Family Action, the charity that is running the helpline, said talking will often get everyday family monsters out in the open and will usually be enough to stop them becoming overwhelming.

“But when talking to family or friends is not enough, families can now call Family Line,” he added.

A poll by Family Action suggests the main pressures facing families today are money (52%), health and wellness (50%), lack of time together (49%), pressure from work or education (40%) and family relationships (37%).

Lack of communication (19%) and arguments, feuds or disputes (16%) were the most common relationship problems reported.