We all know there are plenty of free online chat rooms. But can you get real help in any of them? Can you walk away feeling better than you did before?
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Getting started with the app, which you can install on your iPhone or Android deviceis easy, and you don't need to provide any personal information, so there's very little for the developers to mine, if your privacy is important to you. Chat confidentially with these apps for free. You can browse the community and if you chose toyou can weigh in on where you are emotionally on key touchstones related to the issue, answering questions with a simple "Been There" or "There Now.
But Wisdo has more, including one-on-one private sessions with a Wisdo coach, and moderated discussions with Wisdo mentors. April 29, p.
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A lot of Beats on the app right now are related to COVIDbut there are a of other important conversations in the app, including dealing with autism, depression, illness and body dysmorphia. The app is free and lets you create your own discussion groups, called Beats, and you can control the membership and privacy settings.
But Wisdo thinks that things are particularly tough right now for students -- the class of COVID, so to speak -- so if you're a college student in the US or a university student in the UK and up using a. You can also browse other Beats and in, sharing thoughts and commiserating as appropriate.
After your session is over, your chats are saved in a "journal," which you can refer back to and reread at any time. It's FREE!
Another option: An app called Lyf has a similar philosophy, but rather than one-to-one interactions, Lyf is an online community -- a virtual support group. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Discuss: Lonely? Discussion thre can be closed at any time at our discretion.
Like Lyf, Wisdo is built around the idea of communities.
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It's just someone who's volunteering their time to talk to you, and you'll never interact with them again. Now playing: Watch this: Zoom privacy: How to keep spying eyes out of your meetings. You can specify your listener preferences for gender including nonbinary and age range and can say up front what your topic is or simply start chatting.
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At least that was my experience. So why not chat with a stranger, who can lend a sympathetic ear and help you talk things through? The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice.
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But if you're looking for something more casual, there are more options than you might think. Once in a chat, the app behaves like any texting app, with the exception that you're thrust into a potentially weird situation in which you're there to chat with a stranger for no reason other than to chat. These apps let strangers lend a friendly ear, and they're free. Honestly, I think these apps are like a little ray of sunshine in a day that otherwise can sometimes feel pretty dreary.
HearMe The premise is intriguing.
We all need to talk sometimes, but you might not always be comfortable opening up to a friend or loved one about certain topics. This is no substitute for emergency help, of course. HearMe is an app for iOS and Android that lets you talk one-on-one with a stranger.
In this age of self-quarantine and pervasive illness, having resources like HearMe, Lyf and Wisdo may be a godsend for some. Dave Johnson.
You're not really talking -- this is a texting experience, which might actually make it a bit easier to open up to a stranger. So is meditation -- right now you can get a year of free meditation sessions from Balance.
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It's not a dating app; it's not an online forum; it's not someone you know. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. The premise is intriguing.