STAFF REPORTER A telephone helpline similar to the Samaritans in the UK, received 10 percent less calls in the Balearics last year than it did in 2008, its President Maria Gastalver reported yesterday.

The helpline is celebrating its 24th year of operations this month. Gastalvar said that the Balearic branch of the helpline is going to link up with similar social emergency networks which are already operating in Latin American countries.

She said that three out of every four calls to the helpline are made by women and that increasingly less use of the service is being made by men. More than half the people who ring are aged between 35 and 50, Gastalvar said and traumas are mostly related to psychological difficulties such as depression and loneliness.