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The Listening Place
The Listening Place was set up in London, by a group of volunteers with a great deal of experience in supporting the suicidal. They had recognised that there is little on going face-to-face support available for many people with chronic suicidal feelings, and that some of this support can be given by well trained and professionally supervised volunteers.
Carefully trained and selected volunteers, working in a supportive environment and backed by experienced mental health professionals, have regular meetings with Visitors who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, plans and actions.
They provide fortnightly sessions, based on active listening and befriending: building trust and a supportive relationship, usually for 3 month period. Their impact measurement shows that this helps people with suicidal thoughts to openly discuss, examine and reflect on their situation with a warm and supportive Volunteer.
The listening place provide a safe, warm, and confidential environment, and have wheelchair access.