A helpline, or switchboard, is a telephone service which offers help to those who call. Many helpline services now offer more than telephone support - offering access to information, advice or customer service via telephone, email, web or SMS.[1][2] The word hotline is also sometimes used to refer to a helpline. A helpline can provide emotional support to a person in distress in its minimalistic form. It may help the individual.

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  1. ^ "Definition of Helpline". Dictionary.com. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
  2. ^ "What is a Helpline?". Volunteer Emotional Support Helplines#IFOTES - International Federation of Telephone Emergency Services. Retrieved 13 January 2017.

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