Over the last few months we have published a series of interviews from people who are involved with SOS Help, to give an insight into what we do and how we work. Our line is confidential and we never share or disclose the content of calls, but for this last story of the year we wanted to share with you the quotes on this page, to show you how important our line is for so many people.
The world has changed enormously since the line was founded in 1974. It is now possible to communicate freely and easily with friends and family around the world, which has made life for non-natives in France easier. Travel has also become much cheaper; the world has become a much smaller place in many ways.
At the same time the pressures people face have also changed. The covid-19 pandemic has created new fears and anxieties. We are proud that we maintained our line during the lockdown, a time when many people needed us more than ever.
It has always been important for SOS Help to reach out to the English-speaking community in France. Some of the people who call SOS Help are in a very dark place and see no reason to live; some are simply struggling with work and day-to-day life. What they all share is that they feel they have no one they can talk to, that there is no one willing to listen to them in the language they feel comfortable with. This was why SOS Help was set up and why it continues to help English speakers from all around the world who come to live, study and work in France.