Separation troubles? Talk it out in the listening room
Whether we’re going through a separation, or we’ve separated for a while, many of us feel like we need someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, or a space where we can just vent. Yet, for some reason, we’re too embarrassed to talk to our friends or family about some of our problems – especially if they haven’t been through a similar situation.
Even speaking to a counsellor is out of the question for many of us. Firstly, there’s the cost implication that puts many of us off. Then, there’s the social stigma that comes with seeing a specialist. A survey by OnePlusOne found that 43% of adults wouldn’t want anyone to know that they’d seen a counsellor.
So who can we turn to when we need someone to just listen to us?
TheParentConnection has re-launched its Listening Room service to give you a safe, anonymous, online space where you can offload your sepration worries.
Whether you feel your ex isn’t hearing your concerns, you’re worried about how you’ll cope, or you’re unsure of what the future holds, the team of Listening Room helpers, who are all trained counsellors, are on-hand to listen.
‘We know that relationship issues affect our health and wellbeing and the earlier people can get help the better,’ says Jan Mitcheson, Deputy Director of Innovation at OnePlusOne. ‘We also know that most people don’t want to go to counselling when they first start running into trouble. The Listening Room service lets people get support when they need it; it’s free and it helps.’
The Listening Room will be open seven nights a week from 9pm – 10pm.
Follow the below steps to use the service:
- First sign-up to theParentConnection.org.uk.
- Once you've signed-in during the opening hours, click on 'Chat now' in the bottom right-hand side of the screen to activate the Listening Room.
- Wait for the helper to send you their welcome message.
- Type your questions into the text box to begin the conversation.
TheParentConnection also offers a separation advice forum where you can also receive support from members of the community.