BY RACHEL KOSTELEC
In an effort to create a mended community, Glen Moriarty, a psychologist who strives to create a caring and compassionate world, has released and founded a groundbreaking resource in which students have an all-access pass speaking to a trained listener about any size issue via a secure, anonymous network for absolutely no cost at all.
“7 Cups of Tea,” is now available to Salisbury University alongside other campuses across the United States, as a readily available emotional health service.
Through the use of the app, students are connected to a trained listener in which they may discuss any problem they may be experiencing, whether it be big or small.
The app is working deliberately with colleges and universities as it begins to help create a more involved community.
The initial vision for the app circles around the motion of taking offline behaviors and transitioning them online, satisfying the human tendency to need to talk to someone.
When accessing the app, students are given the option to connect immediately with a listener or to browse a list of all available listeners in an effort to find someone who relates via background, experience or organization affiliation.
“No matter what you’re going through, despite race, gender or background, you have the ability to press a button and get support,” Moriarty said.
Plainly speaking, Moriarty wanted to create a resource that can act as a support system for all people in the world, as he expresses his belief that there is not enough support for those who need it.
The app undergoes a strict confidentiality policy. No information of any user will be shared with the listener or any other party. All secure areas are encrypted with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol, creating an efficient level of security.
All listeners have been interviewed and furthermore have completed the Active Listening Training Program, an online course specializing in effective communication skills, created and developed by psychologist and founder, Glen Moriarty.
Moriarty strives for one mission: to provide free, available support for all people on an individual level.
“I believe that it is a nice outlet in case people don’t have anyone to turn to, or if they just want to vent and have someone be there to actually listen to them,” SU student Marcus Sowell said. “It would be a great boost of self-esteem for someone who needed it.”
It is crucial that users understand that “7 Cups of Tea” is not necessarily a resource for students experiencing suicidal thoughts. If a person is undergoing that kind of crisis, the best readily available resource is the Maryland’s Life Crisis Center and can be reached by calling (410)-749-4357.
The Counseling Center at SU is another great resource for those who seek help. A few of the services the counseling center offers are individual and group therapy, both completely confidential.
Furthermore, to help make a difference in the Salisbury community, both students and staff members, alike are highly encouraged to complete Kognito At-Risk training, a free service that helps develop skills in recognizing signs of distress.
Gordon Dhue, 21, has positive thoughts about the app.
“I have a pretty close relationship with my parents, so I’d probably talk to them before I use the app,” he said. “But maybe if I got in a pinch or something I’d use it. It is definitely a positive attribute to the Salisbury community though.”
“7 Cups of Tea” has one ultimate mission: to be there for anyone who needs it. It is an outlet for on-demand emotional support, comprised of a community of caring people who want to help students by lending an ear and helping them develop better coping skills.
When asked if he had one message for people with mental illness, Moriarty said, “You are not alone.”
No matter the problem, “7 Cups of Tea” is there to listen and remind people that effective communication makes for a better world.