What is REDEZEIT FÜR DICH?
SPEAKING TIME FOR YOU #virtualsupporttalks is a platform with over 350 listeners. As trained coaches, therapists and mental health experts, we volunteer our ears and listen to you. We are simply there, with all our senses and antennas, listening to your words as attentively as to the silence. Individually and together as a group, we send a signal of hope and support every day in both good and challenging times.
In March 2020, four practising coaches from Hamburg founded REDEZEIT FÜR DICH, a non-profit, society-oriented initiative that is free of charge for everyone. We pursue neither economic nor political or religious goals. All listeners at REDEZEIT listen regardless of the topic brought up, origin, background, identity, sexuality, religion or political views.
Nadine takes care of our partners and cooperations.
"REDEZEIT FÜR DICH offers support to people in stressful situations in a psychologically safe virtual space. A better understanding of each other is developed when we talk. Crises can be better managed and our togetherness is strengthened. We rediscover ourselves again and again and are invited to make the best of it.
I like to bring people together to share and strengthen the power of community. When we share perspectives and opinions, we develop as people and as a society. We support each other and our living space becomes much more colourful."
Markus cares a lot about the website.
"I started building my first websites almost 20 years ago. It took a few more years until the hobby turned into a full profession - in the meantime I know quite a bit about building websites and complex applications.
When Florian told me about Redezeit and how the website was maintained back then™, it was immediately clear to me: I can support here. Here I can use my skills in a very concrete way to offer people support and help during the pandemic.
For over a year now, I have therefore been responsible for the technical set-up of the website, adding new things and even cleaning up after myself from time to time. Talk time between my current self and my former self, so to speak 😊 "
Katja Martinho Lotz
Katja cares deeply about our family target groups.
"As a passionate systemic coach, I deal with both individuals and teams. At REDEZEIT für Dich, I not only get to contribute to my personal mission of "Mental Health for All", but I can also deal with a very special kind of team that is especially close to my heart: families. With our work, I want to help strengthen families and make them more resilient so that they can better deal with the current challenges.
Apart from that, I like my own family a lot most of the time :-), love to hike alone or together, could watch the sea for hours, love to eat and cook well, and explicitly cultivate my Spanish roots."
Francine takes care of the development of the website and platform with Noelia and Markus.
"Being part of the REDEZEIT FÜR DICH team was a great and beautiful opportunity. When I moved to Germany, my life and that of my family changed completely. And I realised how important and relieving it is to talk, to have a support network, to have someone I can count on. I met a lot of people along the way and luckily they were people who helped me in different ways: either with language, or by helping my daughter cope with a drastic transition at school. Or by helping me in every way to complete my career change.
What brought me to this support platform: my new job, and which I always try to do as well as I can. That is, I volunteer here and indirectly thank all these wonderful people who once crossed my path. Well, and when I'm not sitting in front of the computer programming or learning, I'm sure to be out with a backpack and a camera in hand photographing this beautiful city - or cooking something delicious. Yes, I cook well! 😊"
Noelia takes care of the development of the website and platform with Francine and Markus.
"REDEZEIT FÜR DICH is a project every society needs. Mental health is key when dealing with personal or collective challenges. It should not depend on personal wealth to have access to professionals that can listen to you and help you when you most need it. Redezeit fills this space in an incredible manner and it's amazing to be part of the team that makes it possible. I have worked in design and product management fields before, and now my stronger focus is on web development. It's great to have the opportunity to continue developing my skills in such a project and see the impact we make."
Eric takes care of the numbers, data and facts and makes visible what seems invisible.
"Statistics is love, statistics if life ...
This motto can be used to describe my love and suffering of daily life. I am Eric! My certificate says that I am an epidemiologist, but in fact I have a heart for all sciences and would be called a data scientist in the modern job market. I love extracting information from data and explaining and presenting it in a way that absolutely everyone can understand. Even more so, I'm actually just on fire for the direct teaching of statistics and statistical analysis and feel pretty comfortable from collecting initial analysis objectives to the finished questionnaire to the results report."
Friederike looks after REDEZEIT Silver.
"Redezeit is a great project that I am very happy to support Finding someone to talk to, especially when you are not doing well, is a great offer.
I have worked as a coach and mediator for many years. I am a burn-out and resilience trainer and offer team days for social institutions. I give lectures and seminars on various topics. And even though I am already over 60, I am always happy to take on new tasks and learn new things.
My colourful and multi-layered life has taught me above all that every person is different and has individual needs. It is a great pleasure for me to respond to this."
Florian takes care of communication as well as strategic and operational management.
"When we wrote the message REDEZEIT FÜR DICH on a tile as an offer to help, I never realised that we would be starting a founding story. That we would be laying the foundation stone for a non-profit and thoroughly voluntary social start-up. Looking back, every day has been the best investment and lesson for a piece of my personality.
In the meantime, REDEZEIT has become my Ikigai ❤️ The Japanese concept, which can be roughly translated as "meaning of life", is becoming increasingly popular in this country. After all, it is considered the key to a healthy and happy life. And somehow working with this great team and the many volunteer listeners gives me a lot of strength and energy. They drive me to constantly take on new challenges that are important for the growth of REDEZEIT. Through all of them I can grow beyond myself.
I am very grateful for that!"
Ute von Chamier
Ute looks after the commercial management and organisational development (OE).
Even as a teenager I wanted to strengthen the connection between people - in the family, at school, in the works council, at work and finally as a coach. Especially as a family constellator, it became all the more clear to me that it is always about the connection between people, especially when it comes to arguments, anger, hopelessness, sadness - in other words, feelings.
The pandemic prevents connection. That is why TALKING is so important, because TALKING connects, even with those you are talking about. Talking helps to understand, to forgive, to get better. That's why I love the idea behind REDEZEIT FÜR DICH.
If your thoughts go roundabout, be brave and look for 2 ears
Sometimes it seems as if there is no solution. In this predicament, a well-meaning listener helps you to steer your gaze in a new direction. With new impulses you can discover a different picture. You can recognise where your strengths and resources lie dormant, we inspire you, especially now, to lovingly meet yourself and encourage you to leave the shell. An open, respectful and dignified approach, the elimination of misunderstandings and a broad wealth of knowledge and experience on the subject of mental well-being make our society a little bit better every day.
This is how it all began
With the corona pandemic, people's increasing extra burdens in everyday life became more obvious and noticeable. Regardless of age and profession, whether living alone or in a family, people felt their limits more and more clearly, some slipping into personal crises. The more the virus restricted our everyday life, the more insecurity, fear and soon hopelessness grew. This movement was countered by 4 committed coaches with an initiative to help people in these difficult times free of charge, uncomplicatedly and quickly. At the same time, they stepped up to make our crisis-ridden society more open, more approachable and more empathetic.
The nut you can't crack alone opens in conversation
As trained coaches, we know about the power of talking. And time and again we are amazed at how an open ear breaks dams, how people let go more easily and how voice and facial features become softer and softer. Clearly, TALKING helps and works without restrictions even in times of isolation, via telephone or digitally with mobile phone and screen.
The initiative quickly grew out of its infancy, the founding team halved in size and also devoted itself to other tasks. On a voluntary basis, the 2 founding coaches Ute and Florian searched for and found more and more professional listeners, the energetic organisation team coordinates and communicates, a website and social media carry our offer into the world. We continue to develop and grow with our network and corporate partners. Since 2021, Redezeit FÜR DICH has been a non-profit company (gUG).
What we care about, the individual in the here and now
Long before Redezeit, Ute and Florian felt inspired by the simple and straightforward concept of the sidewalk talk initiative. A few years ago, a small group of psychologists placed chairs on the street in the middle of San Francisco. Surprisingly quickly, people took their seats to talk about their happiness and unhappiness or their worries.
Although Redezeit is still communicating via devices at the moment, we are also planning personal encounters in the future. The focus is always on the person, with his or her physical and mental state, resources and burdens. Our conversations promote the connection between the interlocutors and to oneself. Together we are better able to explore and draw boundaries. And we look at the environment so that these very boundaries can also be lived.
Currently, our speech time seekers mainly bring the following topics to us:
Alone or in a family, how do we cope with everyday private life under increasing strain? How do we (re)come together with different opinions and views? How do we manage to be empathetic and caring for children and elderly family members?
How do I manage crises and conflicts in the professional environment? How do I deal with bullying, problems with superiors and team conflicts? How do I manage to look beyond my pile of tasks again and not disappear behind it? Do I see a light at the end of the tunnel again professionally?
How do I find my way in life? What do I do when I have no one to tell about my worries and the burden of my feelings? Teenagers and young adults are especially welcome to join us, call us, we know how hard you've been having it these past months
What can we do to ensure that our silver generation (again) participates in social life at eye level without becoming lonely?
What does it mean to be healthy? Even if our head hurts after a hard day or tension temporarily limits us, many of us feel predominantly healthy. Yet this view is strongly focused on our physical well-being. But is that enough? The World Health Organisation (WHO) focuses its attention on other influencing factors. It defines health as: "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not the absence of disease or infirmity". Mental health thus also includes positive aspects such as well-being, job satisfaction, community life and individual resources.
The question of mental health, quite honestly, almost no one dares to ask. When we feel exhausted, overwhelmed, burnt out, anxious, sad and hurt, we do everything we can to hide behind a bad day or adverse external circumstances. The longer we go underground, the more our energy reserves decrease.
Why? Because we are afraid, and there are reasons for that.
We often fear the reactions of our close environment or our personal network to a mental crisis, burn-out or depression. Feelings and thoughts are rarely or only superficially talked about. Often we have not learned to talk openly about our well-being, perceptions, mental crises and mental health in our families or at school. Many of us are trained to talk down difficulties and push away unpleasant feelings.
These fears become smaller when we extinguish the fires, learn new ways of behaving and also deliberately let positive aspects flow into our perception. In this way, we gradually move towards a happy and fulfilled life. When the balance of challenge and well-being succeeds, we are also mentally healthy.
It is inherent in us humans to fear and avoid all that we do not understand or cannot yet explain, as individuals and unfortunately also as a society. It is time to treat everyone with tolerance and dignity, to remove the stigma of (mental) otherness and to provide for a broader understanding of mental health. This is what we at REDEZEIT FÜR DICH stand for.
How we engage in the professional environment and together with companies
We are pleased to observe a growing interest in preventive and active measures to promote mental health in the professional environment. Various offers have been successfully introduced. Nevertheless, these options are still being taken up hesitantly in some cases. Honestly, would we be so brave to talk about our mental stress in our company? Either we've been at it too short or just too long, maybe the contact persons don't seem so open and we find another reason to wait and see. We understand that. And we have been looking for a way out, because enduring is not a solution.
Our offer to open our speaking time listeners as external and unbiased ears also for topics around companies was very gladly and openly accepted. We have teamed up with companies that share and support our values. We receive calls from Hermes, Otto, Jimdo or Great Place To Work as well as from many other companies. You can find out who among our listeners is an expert on working life, jobs and careers via our filter function here or via your company website.
The cooperation with companies helps us to place our services exactly where people need us to manage their everyday lives. In return, we are able to cover our running costs for servers, domains and IT licences, and to spread our services to the world. All income flows directly into the further development of the content and structure of REDEZEIT, so that our vision of making our help available to everyone free of charge and further promoting mental health becomes reality.
With educational offers we provide for more knowledge, openness, dignity and tolerance
In addition to our core task of listening in critical situations and crises, we are committed to a broad and better understanding in the field of mental health. We are passionate about sharing insights and new information with you. How nice it would be if every family had a medicine cabinet for mental health as naturally as the small medicine cabinet with the ointments and plasters. After all, we don't go to the emergency room for every graze when a plaster will do. Our growing blog aims to provide you with entertaining and continuous new tips, because what you know and understand, you don't have to fear.
Our ever-growing community is also provided with training and exchange opportunities. Learning with and from each other is an important step towards a more open, tolerant and mentally healthy society.
As extensive as our offer is and will be, listening is no substitute for professional coaching or therapy. But listening helps to bridge the time until therapy begins.
Our purpose, mission, vision and values.
REDEZEIT FÜR DICH is committed to supporting the mental health of society. The platform is easy and quick to access, professional in listening, for problems and concerns that need a sympathetic ear now.
We believe that talking helps to better perceive one's own psychological burdens and limits and to be able to talk about them more openly with others in the environment. And the best thing about it: talking connects and leads to an open, reflective, empathetic society.
We advocate for self-care and prevention from mental challenges or impairments as a matter of course and thus make an important contribution to individual mental health. We promote and demand the maintenance of mental health as a state of well-being in which a person can realise his or her abilities and contribute to the community.
REDEZEIT FÜR DICH is committed to making it a matter of course to confide in each other, to talk about what is bothering us or when we need help. To this end, we want to establish mental self-care as a social standard. REDEZEIT FÜR DICH is committed to preventing mental stress disorders as far as possible.
REDEZEIT FÜR DICH sees itself as part of a large mental health support network working to destigmatise mental distress. We want to contribute to the intra- and interpersonal recognition of mental distress.
REDEZEIT FÜR DICH offers input, support for mental self-care, perception of (stressful) emotions and (everyday) crises through its blog LESEZEIT on its own channels.
REDEZEIT FÜR DICH offers a serious alternative to company health management and other offers in the field of mental health.
We do not pursue economic, political or religious goals. All listeners at REDEZEIT hear regardless of the topic, origin, skin colour, background, identity, sexuality, religion or political views.
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