Just Listening Community: 

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Volunteer or donate


A community-led alternative for a person experiencing distress, crisis & suicide

A place for any member of the community to seek human to human connection 


A project that builds capacity in the community offering compassion, connection, and meaningful action.


Understanding through deep listening and connection


The first JLC will be hosted in Christie’s Beach - Southern Adelaide.


A purpose designed and developed environment.


Replicated in any community - A plan of the project will be freely available and shared with other communities



The first JLC will open in early 2021, available through the day.


When a person is in distress and wants to connect:

- So the community can offer

   connection and compassion  

- As often as they need

- Before taking action towards   

   ending their life

- When reaching in to offer

    support towards mutual healing 

    in community 

- When reaching out for the 

   the support that is needed


To return healing of community back to the community.


Community responses are sustainable. 

Develop community empowerment and to remove inequalities of access to support for a person in crisis.


JLC Intentions



Just Listening Community (JLC) will support a community to offer an emotional connection to other community members who are in distress and crisis and offer mutuality in as a person needing support and a person offering support


JLC will provide a free access environment to seek support when experiencing emotional crisis, distress or suicide, and to support community members as volunteers through training and  nurturing - creating a sustainable free service to the people in the local community


JLC will be a model that can be replicated and adapted in any and every community towards building the capacity & support one another when experiencing distress, crisis or suicide towards culturally and spiritually safe environments of healing

We are excited to let you know that Suicide Narratives approach will now be available at the Just Listening Community. 
Information session video.  NEXT ROUND OF TRAINING COMING SOON
Provides mutual healing through connection, empowerment and revitalisation 

Just Listening

Justice to a persons narrative through deep and intentional listening and connection

Meet Matt

Matt Ball is a Nurse Practitioner and Psychotherapist and founder of Humane Clinic. Matt teaches and speaks international on humane approaches to working with a person in distress as an alternative to pathologizing diagnosis led mental health systems. 


Matt was awarded Australian Mental Health Nurse of the year in 2017 for his work providing alternatives. His Vision for the JustListening Community draws on lived and professional experiences.

Meet Rory

Rory is a Social Worker and Psychotherapist at the Humane Clinic. He has previous experience in social policy, advocacy, and homelessness services roles, as well as experience of seeking assistance while in emotional distress and being rebuffed, labelled and invalidated.

Rory is passionate about increasing recognition of how environments, systems, and misuses of power fundamentally shape our experiences of ourselves and the world. He is honoured and excited to be a part of the Just Listening Community.

Power Threat Meaning Framework - understanding responses to distress
A framework to understand peoples need for human  connection

Connecting emotionally with others allows us to feel deeply listened to.

We can then begin to understand our common emotional distress and find hope and meaning in mutuality

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             - Cleaning

             - Administration

             - Gardening  

To find out further information about volunteer opportunities please contact us 


        Just Listening is raising money to provide a free service to the community.  The building space has been donated and all set up costs have been provided by Humane Clinic. 

If you are in a position to support this project that is providing a unique alternative click here