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IListenU - A Free Listening Service by MaitriBodh Parivaar

‘I Listen U’ is a charitable listening service by MaitriBodh Parivaar created with the purpose of providing a safe space for individuals to express themselves fully and completely and experience emotional release, acceptance and inner growth through such expressions. It is operational globally. MaitriBodh Parivaar is a socio-spiritual organization founded by Maitreya Dadashreeji – a global Humanitarian and Transformation Pioneer. 

According to WHO data from September 2021, depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 3.8% of the population affected, including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years. Approximately 280 million people worldwide have depression and over 700,000 people die due to suicide every year. It is the fourth leading cause of death for people in the age group of 15-29 years. More than 75% of people in low and middle-income countries receive no treatment. A January 2021 Lancet journal article stated that the National Mental Health Programme in India has long been criticised for being treatment-centric and ignoring preventive aspects. The COVID-19 pandemic worsened the mental health scenario triggering a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. Hence our aim is to thwart anxiety and depression in their initial stages by giving an outlet to emotions on a free and easily accessible platform.





Simply pouring your heart out to a stranger, who is only there to listen to you in complete confidentiality, can help in reducing the levels of stress and depression. Expressing yourself can also help you gain clarity of thoughts you need for various life situations. Talking to our listeners will feel like putting up all your facts on a whiteboard where you will clearly see the connections and join the dots for the way forward! 

ILISTENU (www.ilistenu.com) was introduced in 2019. Our team of volunteer listeners are specially trained using various skill-building and emotional intelligence exercises to expand their inner silence and serve as a true self-reflection mirror to the speaker. When one is in the presence of our listeners, they will automatically start feeling safe and calm, finding it easy to express all they are feeling. These sessions are not a substitute for psychiatric treatment or for professional medical care, however, they can indeed mitigate the damage caused by the intensity of negative emotions and provide instant relief.

From March 2020 to date, mainly during the pandemic, about 508 online sessions have been carried out. Around 68% of female and 32% of male speakers have availed the service to date.  

Testimonials:

“It was nice and relieving, I released emotionally and felt good expressing myself in a non-judgmental non-critical space. 

“I availed of this service yesterday and I must say that I feel deeply healed and refreshed from within. As though my mind has been under a gushing waterfall, thoroughly cleansed and shampooed. It was immensely cathartic experience and I recommend it to everyone. The listeners are par excellence, and you feel heard and understood like never before.”

 

References:

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression

https://www.who.int/news/item/02-03-2022-covid-19-pandemic-triggers-25-increase-in-prevalence-of-anxiety-and-depression-worldwide

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(20)30493-4/fulltext

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