Compass – StockholmThe phone line of the “Självmordslinjen Mind” association, which supports people suffering from mental health problems, received 6040 calls last October, compared to 2,837 calls in October of last year.
Callers complain of loneliness, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
The number of calls directed to the association’s phone line increased over time, during the Corona pandemic, especially with people staying at their homes, losing their jobs or their concerns due to the repercussions of Corona.
AndKaren Schultz said, General Secretary of this association, “Many people lack close friends to talk to.”
“In August, for example, there was talk from callers that they could not return to normal, and that they should continue working at home, and then we saw that the number of calls peaked again,” she added.
According to Schultz, another reason for increasing the pressure on this service may be the closure of the National Helpline for people suffering from a psychological crisis on January 1, 2020 due to the withdrawal of funds allocated to it.
The Minds Äldrelinje line, which elderly people can call, if they have mental health issues or need someone to talk to, has also received more calls during the pandemic.
In October of this year, the number of calls from the elderly reached 2,856, compared to 437 calls during the same month last year.