Telephone counseling in Stuttgart : Increasing hatred and antisemitism

An employee of the telephone counseling service takes a call. Photo: Patrick Pleul / zb / dpa / archive (Photo: dpa)
An employee of the telephone counseling service
takes a call. Photo: Patrick Pleul / zb / dpa / archive (Photo: dpa)
Stuttgart - Church counseling staff are increasingly confronted with outbursts of anger and insults in counseling. "We are experiencing more and more people who are angry and frustrated with politics, institutions and social developments, who are building their enemy and who are massively failing, for example in relation to refugees and Jews," said Martina Rudolph-Zeller, head of the Protestant Telephone counseling Stuttgart, on Monday in Stuttgart with.

According to the Catholic Church in Stuttgart, this also applies to Catholic telephone counseling. No specific numbers were given. Hatred and agitation are not recorded separately in the statistics, but are recognizable as a trend.

Both denominations have their own telephone counseling services in the state capital, but present a joint annual report. According to this, a total of 36,960 calls were answered in 2019 (2018: 36,807), which corresponds to an average of 110 callers per day. 41.4 percent of the callers are over 60 years old. According to statistics, mental illness, loneliness, depressed mood, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are reasons for seeking advice. In order to ensure availability around the clock, both Stuttgart institutions are networked with other telephone counseling services in the country.

Source: glonaabot