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Dialing Away Desperation: The Compassionate Ear

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Published on Dec 9, 2011

Have you ever felt overwhelmed... and just really needed to talk? Sometimes a little conversation can go a long way. Sadly, many mentally ill people are all alone. For them, a local non-profit is ready to lend a friendly ear.

"The Compassionate Ear" is a peer-to-peer warm line that provides non-clinical, non-crisis support.

"The Ear" is staffed by volunteers who have lived through similar experiences. They are confidants who understand how devastating and isolating the experience of mental illness can be.

KCPT is committed this year to shedding a greater spotlight on issues surrounding mental health. Mental illnesses are not talked about a lot and the stigma associated with these illnesses mean many people struggle with their conditions in isolation. Just having someone who's willing to listen can be huge.

"Compassionate Ear" is a 365 days-a-year phone line that is staffed by volunteers who themselves have suffered with mental health problems. They offer non-medical, non-crisis support for people looking for advice, tips, or just a reprieve from their loneliness. It's a service of the Kansas City, Kansas based Mental Health America of the Heartland which is now fielding more than 300 calls a month.

The Compassionate Ear phone line service operates from 4 to 10 pm everyday including holidays. You can receive peer support through the Compassionate Ear by calling 1-866-WARM EAR.

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