Become a Volunteer Listener at BuddyHelp

BuddyHelp is the free mental health resource, that provides a safe space for people that just need someone to talk to. It is volunteer-led and remote-first. Our volunteer listeners work from anywhere, via their smartphones. 

Emotional Support Listeners bring people who are going through moments of struggle to a grounded sense of calm and direction, through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and compassionate empathy.

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A Lifeline of Hope: Brittany's Journey with Buddyhelp

"When I found Buddyhelp, it was exactly when I needed it most. The volunteer listener I connected with became my lifeline. Their kindness and understanding brought me back from a really tough spot.
The volunteers at are true heroes. They give their time and hearts to help strangers, not with quick fixes, but with steadfast support.
This experience moved me to want to do the same for others. I want to be that light for someone else, offering hope to those who feel lost.
If you're thinking about becoming a volunteer at Buddyhelp, know that you're stepping in as a lifeline for someone in their darkest hour. Your presence and empathy can make all the difference.
A big thanks to Buddyhelp for being the start of my healing journey. And to the wonderful volunteers, you have the power to spread hope, one conversation at a time.

With heartfelt gratitude,


  • Make a difference

    Have an impact on people’s lives and make a difference by
 resolving crises. 91% of users indicated that they feel better after talking to a listerner.
  • Gain valuable experience

    Learn communication, problem-solving and crisis management skills – recognized by employers, unis, and colleges as essential skills.
  • Volunteer the way you want

    Volunteer the way you want – from home in your p.j’s, in the office or with a group of friends. It is fully remote and can be done from anywhere.

What is the process to become an Emotional Support Counselor?

  1. Fill out your application at
  2. Complete a 6-hour online training that is lead by the Johns Hopkins University (FREE)
  3. Take your first chat request and begin supporting people around the world!

What you get out of this experience:

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain excellent skills in active listening, crisis intervention, compassionate leadership, and collaborative problem solving, all from the comfort of your favorite sanctuary (fully remote, work from anywhere). These skills are helpful for your professional and personal relationships too. Many of our volunteers also highlight training and their volunteer experience on their resumes and Linkedin profiles.

Ready to apply?

If you have any questions, please email

Get Premium Training from Johns Hopkins University, Yale, and more, via the University of Compassion

Our volunteers receive premium training from leading institutions - for free. Gaining the tools and methods needed in order to help people around the world.

  • Learn

    Premium courses and certification programs

  • Thrive

    A supportive community of lifelong learners

  • Impact

    An volunteer opportunity to aid your growth

What Our Volunteers Say

There are many different reasons to volunteer at BuddyHelp. Read what our volunteers had to say about their motivation for joining:

  • "What motivated me to support BuddyHelp is my experience helping my classmates in my graduate program during the pandemic. I wanted to remind my peers to prioritize their mental health and show them how to cope with their anxiety. As a Mental Health First Aider, I was helping any students experiencing a mental health crisis or developing a mental health problem by getting them connected with local providers. Providing my time to encourage students and guide them through their fears and confusion was a humbling experience. I want to continually improve the mental health and well-being of others during this crucial time in our lives."

    Yasmira, Medical Assistant, Aspiring Physician
  • "The global health pandemic is also taking a toll on us emotionally. I'd like to spread some empathy and provide a safe space for others during this time."

    Allison, Musician & Psychology Student
  • I'm at that place in my life where I have a desire help others and be a part of something bigger than myself.

    Kristina, Mother, Wife, Employee