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OK2TALK Like Hearing Aid From Shockwave Rider

The OK2TALK.org website is designed around a simple idea: let people who feel isolated and unable to connect with anyone to speak about their problems to a sympathetic ear.

Teens and young adults who suffer from mental illness can feel hopeless and alone. Many donít know whatís wrong with them but feel like itís their fault. Those who understand what is happening fear they canít be helped. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, itís often hard for those suffering and their families and friends to talk about what theyíre going through. But help is available, and it works.

The goal of OK2TALK is to create a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourage them to talk about what theyíre experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.

Readers of John Brunner's 1970's classic The Shockwave Rider recall a similar idea. A call to the ten nines gets you an anonymous connection with Hearing Aid:

Stonkered or clutched or quite simply going insane, someone reaches for the phone and punches the most famous number on the continent: the ten nines that key you into Hearing Aid.

And talks to a blank though lighted screen. It's a service. Imposing no penances, it's kinder than the confessional. Demanding no fees, it's affordable where psychotherapy is not. Offering no advice, it's better than arguing with that son (or daughter) of a bitch who thinks he/she knows all the answers and goes on and on and on until you want to scream.
(Read more about Brunner's hearing aid)

The anonymity of the call was protected by a special form of the computer worm idea that was also a Brunner original.

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