Friendship Line

Are you feeling lonely, isolated or depressed? Give the Friendship Line a call – because sometimes we all need a friend.

888.670.1360

The Friendship Line is a signature program of Institute on Aging, and has never gone unanswered since it was founded in 1973 by Dr. Patrick Arbore. Dr. Arbore’s observation that “connection to others binds us to life” led him to establish the Friendship Line, which is both a “warm line” and a crisis intervention center for routine – even daily – phone calls that provide emotional support and friendly conversation.

Institute on Aging’s staff and volunteers field approximately 11,000 inbound and outbound calls per month. The nationally-known Friendship Line is a program of Institute on Aging’s Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief-Related Services, and is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology.

Call Us Toll-Free:

California: 888.670.1360

 

 

This program serving the community is funded by the City of San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services.

Program Services

Friendship Line

  • Emotional support
  • Crisis intervention

Center for Elder Suicide Prevention and Grief Services

  • Virtual grief and bereavement support groups
  • Specialized support for people who have experienced traumatic loss to suicide or sudden death

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We specialize in transitioning individuals back into the community, and Pete's story is a shining example. With our support, he moved into a beautiful Senior Housing apartment in January. Today, he's thriving, decorating his apartment, and enjoying a newfound sense of independence. 🏡
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