Recently I participated in a panel discussion at the British Ambassador’s home in Paris called Writers at the Residence to help raise money for the SOS Help Line. For those of you unfamiliar with SOS Help, it’s a confidential English-language listening line in France founded in 1974 by a group of American and British health professionals. It is a non-profit organisation, non-denominational, non-political, and non-interventionist. The volunteer listeners answer calls 365 days a year from 3-11pm.
Trained by professional therapists/psychologists, they provide empathetic, supportive, and non-judgmental listening to anyone going through a difficult or painful life experience, including loneliness, depression, health concerns, bereavement, money problems, unemployment, difficulties with friends or family, or substance abuse.