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Serving as a crisis intervention specialist at the Crisis Center of Johnson County has truly been one of most rewarding things I decided to do.
I started volunteering at the Crisis Center to compliment to my graduate school studies, but it has turned about to the best volunteer position I’ve taken. I went from doing one small, three-hour shift each week to taking on two or more shifts most weeks. Aside from the free snacks that are always available, I leave every night feeling like I made a difference in the lives of the people I speak with on the Crisis Line.
Listening is one of the main reasons I enjoying doing what I do. That’s something we do every day for our family, friends and coworkers. And we have all been in the position when we just want someone to listen when things just aren't going right.
What we do here at the Crisis Center is simple: We listen to people in need.
Another reason I have continued to volunteer is that I have lost people to suicide, most recently, a former partner and someone I considered mentor and friend, Sir Greg a few years ago. It hits home for me, both personally dealing with their loss; along with my own anxiety and depression. I've taken my experiences in my own life and am now helping others.
One of the first steps to establishing better mental health is listening, listening to your body and mind, understanding what works for you and what works for your partner or partners. When I say listen, I truly mean listening, without judgement, without offering advise, just listening to what the other person is saying, it's about them not you and your experience may be different than theirs. Listen to what they are saying, what they mean, what they are are feeling.
Listening allows us to do three things that we do everyday when we play
1. Understand - where that person is coming from, what the are feeling.
2. Connect - it allows us to connect better with someone
3. Trust - it helps us build trust or re pore and lets the us the other person is listening to us.
By listening we can help that person better and keep them and yourself safe. Listening can make a huge difference in both everyday life and in play.
If you are someone you know needs someone to talk to reach out to them and listen or call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 someone is there 24hr/7 a week 365 days to listen.
With Love, Kink and Leather
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