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TTonyTTony Frets: 21593
edited March 2020 in Coronavirus
Loneliness only adds to the anxiety.

Many of us are being cut off from our normal support structures - whether the office, the pub, or just nodding acquaintancies that we me might see day to day.

On Thursday, I had a call from someone I'd not spoken to for a good few months.  He rang just to say "hi" and just to talk to someone he vaguely knew, about stuff that wasn't Covid related.  He asked me to do the same - phone a couple of people that I'd not spoken to for a while and just say "hi".  I did and we all agreed that we'd repeat the call in a week or so.

It says that you're not alone.  It passes some time.  You get a break from the BS on social media.  It brings some of normal life back.

There's been a few people on here commenting that they're feeling isolated, etc.

Seems like something we could do here - at least we've got a common subject of interest that most of us can talk about for hours.

Thoughts?


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  • rustneversleepsrustneversleeps Frets: 129
    edited March 2020
    Agreed very good idea that could help a lot of people here.It would be nice to hear an actual voice from behind the username.
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  • CeeJayCeeJay Frets: 450
    I don't really know many people on here, but I have a good listening ear and I can talk for an hour about an empty bucket, so happy to help if I can.
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  • GrunfeldGrunfeld Frets: 3669
    Zoom room?
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  • bodhibodhi Frets: 1263
    Webex does a free version with up to 100 participants and no meeting time limit, whereas Zoom's free version limits to 40 minutes per meeting.

    https://www.webex.com/pricing/index.html
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21593
    edited March 2020
    On always open Webex / Zoom room perhaps that anyone can just drop into?  Or set hours?

    Or a series of 1:1 calls.

    Or both

    Or anything and everything that people would find helpful.
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  • danishbacondanishbacon Frets: 1932
    I’m in
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 11527
    jeez, I've been stalking at least 6 of you for the past 3 years, any more contact and I'll be breaching restraining orders. 

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • I work as a call handler for the ambulance service so spend half my life on the phone talking people through some of the darkest, most distressing times of their lives. 

    I'm happy to help anyone out who's struggling and wants to chat. Just don't expect me to send an ambulance round to help if things get really bad!  ;)

     
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 20569
    While I don't have any need for this - and, in fact, I tend to prefer not to talk to folk too much if possible - I'm aware that I'm in the minority for whom the distancing measures are basically the world catching up with my lifestyle ;)

    Therefore...I've stickied this thread, because I think it could be pretty important over the next weeks/months.
    <space for hire>
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21593
    edited March 2020
    Thanks Lee.

    [edit]
    And you’re always welcome to call in too. ;)
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  • I'd be up for that 

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    Just because you're paranoid, don't mean they're not after you
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  • I'm in if I can help
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 20569
    edited March 2020
    Here's one that works in the browser:

    https://meet.jit.si/

    Totally free, but I've no idea how effective it is.

    I'm still working during the day, but if anybody wants to give it a go I'm sure we can work something out.
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  • Philly_QPhilly_Q Frets: 11620
    This is a good idea.  I'm not sure I'd feel confident enough to call in, but it's a good idea.
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  • scrumhalfscrumhalf Frets: 8587
    There used to be a few free online chatroom things where you could set up your own chatroom. Might be an idea for here do people could dtop im ay leisure during the day? 
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21593
    Here's one that works in the browser:

    https://meet.jit.si/


    Right then - Webex, whilst possibly being the more robust application requires email invitations for every attendee at every meeting, which would be a pita and would mean that people couldn't just drop in.

    So, trying Jitsi instead.

    There's an iOS and Android app - I've just set it up on my iPad, and all seems pretty straightforward, though I've no idea how it'll work with lots (!) of people on it.  You can also join via PC/Mac browser, or just dial in on a phone.

    The details are now all in my post signature.

    Suggest we start off with a couple of calls per day and see how it goes? 

    Suggest we make the call times 1000 and 2000 (or 10am and 8pm in old money) but we can add calls or change times to suit as we go on.
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  • JonathangusJonathangus Frets: 2054
    @TTony ; - is it 10:00 and 20:00 as in your post above, or 08:00 and 20:00 as in your sig?
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 20569
    I'll join the non-ambiguous 8pm one tonight :)
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  • TTonyTTony Frets: 21593
    @Jonathangus - thanks for pointing that out!  10am and 8pm.  Posts corrected.
    :)
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  • grappagreengrappagreen Frets: 918
    edited March 2020
    All,

    I've setup a Zoom meeting at 20:00 nightly for 3 hours. Anyone can join and chat. Supports video and audio.

    ON HOLD - let me know if required..

    Si
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