Active Listening

Sunday, 31 July 2016 17:36

Active Listening Roleplay

Mary is an Active Listener. Samantha is a potentially suicidal student. Mary: Hi Sam, can I help you? I'd be happy to listen to you, if you want. Samantha: Ah— (silence)... Mary: You seem quite upset. Can you tell me about it? Samantha: I don't know. Nobody wants to listen…
"Active Listening" is simply the offering of friendship by one ordinary human being to another at a time of crisis or loneliness. An Active Listener has no professional status or authority, but is simply a fellow human being who cares. The purpose of Active Listening is to listen, accept, care…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:47

Guide to Active Listening

It's hard to know what to do when someone you care about is feeling depressed or upset. You can use the following list as a guide to good Active Listening: DO: Befriend Consider the possibility of suicide Focus on the pain Ask if suicide is on their minds Get involved…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:34

How to Actively Listen

YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO ME WHEN... You do not care about me; You say you understand before you know me well enough; You have an answer for my problem before I've finished telling you what my problem is; You cut me off before I have finished speaking; You find…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:30

What makes a good Active Listener?

Does √ listen more than talk√ direct the conversation to the painful feelings√ have compassion for sufferer√ risk being foolish√ attempt to be available at all times√ remain willing to share another person's pain√ respects confidences√ listen√ accept Does not × offer opinion or judgments× belittle or minimize concerns× discuss…

Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.


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Teen-Line Ireland1800 83 36 34

Contact Us

Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
Atrium Business Centre
Blackpool Retail Park, Blackpool
Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173