Really quick post as I’m getting tired and night meds are kicking in.
In my search for online/ in person hotline volunteer work someone mentioned the site 7 cups of tea
It’s a totally peer run site where anyone can connect with someone trained in active listening they have an online training thing. The listener helps the person sort out their options and have a space to vent. They have group chats and chat rooms for members that aren’t as formal as these listening sessions. The people seem nice enough. The site has a generic fluffy feel. Like there isn’t much substance, at least in terms of people’s profiles. They all pretty much say the same thing the person is glad to help listen to any problem. Which is kinda obvious as that’s why their on the site. Very few seemed personal in nature. I did take note of the ones that did. It makes me wonder if people have to follow a script in terms of responding and interacting with members of the site which would be something I wouldn’t like.
However I love the concept of anyone anywhere being able to log on quickly to get or give their time to listen and be listened to. So often people don’t have this chance in their personal lives. It’s about compassionate listening and human contact that can give someone hope to keep going with what their struggling with which I know in a huge personal way as it’s what I get from my e-mail list I run.
I think I’ll explore this site further. I was happy to participate in a very informal group chat (we talked about our cats) and to see it’s accessible for the blind which makes me happy. So tomorrow will pursue this in more detail. And since it’s so informal and can be done completely up to you I think it’s a great starting point.
Would love to hear from anyone who listens or is a member of 7 cups and what their thoughts are on the service. All feedback is welcome.
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