Just Listening Community:
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 - eventually providing 24 hr support
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 a drug
- Before taking action towards
ending their life
- When reaching in to offer
support towards mutual healing
- 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.
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
Justice to a persons narrative through deep and intentional listening and connection
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.
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.