If you have challenging emotions or thoughts, an online forum is a fast and effective way to connect with others who are in similar situations.
There can be times when the advice given online isn’t supportive enough. Some people aren’t at a stage where they are ready to see a therapist either.
That’s where 7 Cups of Tea can be helpful. Glen Moriarty founded this startup to serve as an alternative for individuals who need more immediate supports but don’t want a formal intervention.
After a soft launch in June 2019, about 100 listeners began to take 1,000 calls per week.
It Can Be Helpful to Have a Listening Ear
7 Cups of Tea is named after a poem by Lu Tong. It describes how feelings change each time someone is willing to listen.
Most of the calls that come into this startup are people who need to talk with someone because they feel overwhelmed. It could be a marriage-related issue, a job problem, or kids that are triggering frustrations.
Having a chance to share in a meaningful way can calm the spirit. It might also be a way to connect with others who have similar life experiences.
7 Cups of Tea recruits listeners from Narcotics Anonymous, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and similar associations. Background checks are completed for each volunteer, and Moriarty personally chats with each applicant before they can start taking calls.
A bridging service ensures anonymity. Listeners can choose to charge a fee, but free options are also available.