Silverline gives friendly ear to 10,000 lonely callers each week
As 75% of older people with depression say they feel lonely, the Silver Line takes calls all year round and helps connect people with their community. The Silver Line is a free, 24-hour, 365 day-a-year helpline offering information and friendship.
Anxiety and mobility issues mean that 76-year-old Anna Bolton is usually housebound. But regular calls to a free, confidential helpline for older people have helped her “feel normal”. Bolton’s mental health deteriorated after she was widowed two years ago. Although she has had some support from local mental health counsellors in her native north-east England, help from Blackpool-based the Silver Line was “invaluable” and more immediate than waiting months for a counselling referral.
The Silver Line, created in 2013 by Esther Rantzen (who also created Childline), is a free, 24-hour, 365-day-a-year helpline offering information and friendship, and signposts people to local organisations for support or social activities.
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