Just Listening Community (JLC) will support a community to offer an emotional connection to other community members who are in distress and crisis.
JLC will support community members as volunteers through training and ongoing capacity building to provide a free service to the people in the local area
JLC will be a model that can be replicated and adapted in any and every community in building the capacity to support one another when experiencing distress, crisis or suicide
JLC will support the community to facilitate a community environment consistent with the view expressed by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, Dainius Pūras 'in complying with their right to health obligations, States should enable healthy and positive relationships based on trust, respect, and tolerance and create opportunities for solidarity, mutual support, and trust.
“This means promoting community inclusion, environments free from violence, and participation in cultural diversity. It also means eradicating xenophobia, decriminalizing poverty and of behaviors such as drug use and sexual diversity,” the Special Rapporteur said.
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