Why Do I need an Active Listener for my next event?
Online Active Listener during Workman Art’s virtual Rendezvous with Madness 2020 festival.
As an Active Listener, I am not a mental health professional, I am a person with lived experience who has a compassionate and empathetic approach to listening to others. All conversations are kept confidential and in collaboration with the individual receiving the service. If desired, applicable mental health resources will be offered to ensure the individual leaves feeling supported. As a participant, what can I expect from you as an Active Listener?
What is an active Listener and why is it important to have one at my event?
This is a peer-to-peer emotional support service. During events there will be engaging and honest discussions about the human experience. Materials can be difficult for some and active listeners offer self-care and emotional support. The Active Listener is there to create a space for ease and an environment of care. This services can be in-person, online or a hybrid. The Active Listener service allows participants to:
- gain access to a peer with lived experience.
- speak to someone during/after the event.
- talk to a compassionate, empathetic, trauma-informed individual to listen.
- receive mental health resources, if desired.
- separate from the event to reground and regroup before leaving the event or continuing with it.
My Intention at every Event
My goal is to leave every conversation knowing that the individual feels a little more heard than when we first started. This isn’t always possible. Resources to support the person, if they desire, including warm and distress lines and/or community groups are shared to give the person further support outside our time. Each person is responsible for their own well-being. The Active Listener is there to support them within the time of the event.
My experience has been in both online and offline settings. Though there are differences, the experience of connecting with someone ultimately will remain similar. My style is to be a person’s motivator and the emotional person they “sit” beside. I am so grateful for the opportunity for people to trust me with their feelings and vulnerabilities. Content viewed can stir up emotions, ones that perhaps folks didn’t know they had within. That is the beauty of art, whether through theatre, film, workshops and discussions and visual exhibitions. Art has a wonderful way of transforming us, deeply connecting us and the privilege to be with someone in their moment of connection is humbling and unites us as human beings.
Amanda (they/them) is a neurodiverse, queer, Chinese, recovering perfectionist and empathic human living in Tkaronto (Toronto). Their goal is to leave every conversation knowing that the individual feels a little more heard than when they began. Amanda loves to discuss creativity and mental health. They have been trained as a peer support, completed their Mental Health First Aid certification and is a Movies for Mental Health facilitator for Art with Impact Canada.
For rates, please contact me through the contact form. Share your event details (date, possible shift times, any content warnings to be aware of and description of event). Community rates are available through a sliding scale. This is reserved for charities and not for profits that are racialized and marginalized community organizers and who are serving this community.