This charity does what it says “on the tin”!
I was one of the first when they started, maybe a first? But they took me in when I didn’t care where I was going. I was just ready to go.
The Listening Place offer more than just a phone call in one-off conversation with an anonymous “Jo” at the other end of the line of the Samaritans.
If you feel like life is just gone for you, give them a go, they care. They really care.
I was referred to the Listening Place by another charity Maytree who have a house in North London, where people with suicidal thoughts can stay 5 nights for free in a non-judgmental environment and really just be and talk with first hand experienced volunteers.
Maytree is featured in this documentary where I first learned about them in the darkest moments of my life. In this documentary it is explained what exactly this charity does.
Maytree works together with The Listening Place that is an ambulant face-to-face support charity, and I can only speak from my own experience with The Listening Place that it is truly a charity that does what it says on the tin!
In this video Sarah Anderson rightly explains that 99.9% of suicidal people are being sent away from A&E back to their GP. I went to A&E three times, the second time after having waited over 2 hours to even be seen, I left in the middle of the night as the waiting time would be at least 4 hours. The third time I was sent away again from the psychiatric liaison team after 2 hours of begging to get into hospital. After the second time being sent away I gave up on hospital.
If it wasn’t for The Listening Place’s approach and their tireless patience (especially from Sarah Anderson, M.12 & my volunteer P.), I don’t know where I would be. I was stuck in a job at Pret A Manger where I was bullied during already traumatic bereavement after having lost my brother. I went between the toxic work environment in Pret to the acceptance and non-judgmental environment of The Listening Place, back an forth in-between all the other tumultuous stumbling around life trying to make sense, wanting to die, but wanting to live.
And now The Listening Place received this well deserved award.
A worthwhile charity to support! They put their money where their mouth is.
I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather starve and speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote an article in the Scottish Left Review.
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