Most people feel better after a good chat, especially when you’re free to be yourself and feel safe sharing what’s on your mind.
The power of these connections has been highlighted throughout 2020. Many of us are missing our usual catch ups with family, friends and colleagues, as well as the other incidental interactions, like a friendly chat with our barista, or with strangers on our daily commute.
Talking with others can help to bring us out of our struggles and remind us that we’re both cared for and understood. These meaningful conversations also help us to sift through our emotions, process our experiences, and receive feedback from others who are navigating their own ups and downs. According to research from VicHealth, strong connections with others are also a key protective factor for our mental health and wellbeing as adults.
Despite the many unexpected obstacles of 2020, there are lots of new and innovative ways we can connect with others in the digital world. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding a service that’s the right fit for you.
If you feel like you could benefit from some extra connection right now, setting up a virtual cuppa with new peer support service eFriend could be a great place to start. eFriend is free, and available to anyone aged 18 and over who is feeling down, stressed, lonely, isolated or worried.
They offer befriending sessions that can connect you with qualified eFriend peers via phone or video calls over three sessions, and all peers have a lived experience of mental illness, suicidality and recovery, or experience with supporting family or friends with mental illness.
They are also equipped with a wide range of resources and can help refer you to other services to offer you more specialised support if needed.
Most importantly, eFriend are there to provide support for anyone who needs someone to talk to who will listen, without judgement. eFriend might be right for you if:
You’re feeling lonely or isolated and would like someone to talk to
- You’re feeling down about the world right now, or worried about your future
- You’re going through a difficult period, such as unemployment or a break-up
- You’re looking for social connection while you’re at home.