The first government-sponsored psychological consultation hotline opened in Beijing on Sunday.
Fourteen psychological consultants answered 289 calls on the first day. Three fainted due to the workload and were sent home.
The first day showed the psychological health of the elderly is the most pressing issue. Li Xiaotong, director of the hotline, said most of the consultants are only part-time, which is not sufficient to meet the demand for such a service, the Beijing Times reports.