With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues have been on a steady rise. Lockdowns, uncertainty and fear contribute to loneliness even in people who had no prior struggles with mental health. The already present struggles with mental health in the LGBTQ+ community are heightened by the current increase in stress. Many need an empathetic ear and a safe space to release the pile-up of emotions. HearMe can provide exactly that, with 92% of users reporting feeling better after just one conversation.
HearMe is an on-demand emotional wellness app that connects members to trained volunteer listeners for quick text chat anytime and anywhere. Founded by Adam Lippin, HearMe aims to use the power of listening to provide a safe space for people to share what’s on their minds with listeners who want to be there. With thousands of empathetic listeners across the globe, HearMe helps people find support, release stress, and feel better through one-on-one peer support.
To ensure a good match, the volunteer is chosen according to the preferences and topics picked by the user. Topics have a wide range, from work stress or relationships to LGBTQ+ and identity. All conversations are anonymous, confidential and encrypted to allow everyone to talk safely. These little genuine connections with someone dedicated to hearing you out can help battle stress and loneliness. While the app is not a replacement for licensed therapy, it can be a great extra support system.
Supporting LGBTQ+ people and their mental health is a goal of high importance to all of us at Taimi. Our COO Jake Vygnan spoke out on the topic of mental health struggles in the queer community earlier in September for World Suicide Prevention Day. Partnering with HearMe is another step in raising awareness and providing people with tools to handle mental health issues.
We invited Sarra from HearMe to speak about Mental Health and Being A Better Listener during last Sunday's Taimi Tips. Sarra is HearMe’s Head of Community, helping manage, oversee and support the training of the app’s large community of volunteer listeners while ensuring its members feel supported. With a psychology and social work background, Sarra is a massive believer in the importance of empathetic and active listening and peer support to improve mental health and well-being.
About Taimi: Taimi is the world’s largest LGBTQ+ platform that features a social network and dating app. Taimi offers the safest and most secure user experience on the market — with its several verification layers, 24/7 profile moderation, PIN/Fingerprint/Face ID, and live support. The platform’s fundamental policy is zero-tolerance for judgment, discrimination, hate, or aggression.
Taimi is free to download. Taimi Premium subscription provides access to features unavailable or limited in the free version of the app.