I've been volunteering my time for an independent student-run helpline (a Nightline) for all the time I have been a student at university (just short of 5 years). It's completely anonymous and we operate from 8pm until 8am, when all university-run services are closed.
You can make a real difference to people's lives, and you develop some incredible skills such as Active Listening and empathy techniques along the way. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to give a listening ear without judgement or direction.
Other than that: reading, writing, retro video games, and teaching the above skills and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to new volunteers or external parties
That is amazing!! Great work you are doing 🙂
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