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It can be very helpful to have someone to speak to in the midst of challenges and crisis, and can help minimize the effects of these things to. Do you have someone you can talk to? Do you have good listening skills, so another person can share where they are at without judgement? Insightful Counselling outlines the importance of both hearing and listening to others, and the benefit of that for a person’s mental health. From their website: “Hearing plays a vital role in promoting the mental health care of an individual. Being a primary step towards listening enables the parties involved to connect and develop strong relationship bonds. Conversely, hearing impairment may lead to communication breakdown. This leads to a feeling of loneliness and social anxiety, which are significant catalysts to depression and mental health problems. Listening increases curiosity about people's experiences empathy and increased compassion.” For more information, please visit their website: