The Venting Machine

Just here to lend an ear.

Being in isolation doesn’t mean you’re alone.”

Scroll down to understand what we do – if you don’t want to know and just want to let it out, go for it in the boxes below.
We hope you feel lighter, and remember: we’re just here to lend an ear!


In trying times, it is perfectly normal to feel like you don’t have it all together. Or maybe it’s just one of those awfully long days that doesn’t seem to end. Day-to-day stress, frustration, anxiety, depression or just being on the emotional roller-coaster can take a toll on a person’s mental health.

While coping with stress or other negative emotions, sometimes we may not know who to turn to. Scrolling through your social media feed, (which I’m sure is on fleek), may not always be the solution. Have you ever wished for a space to just let loose and just have someone hear your thoughts without any judgement? Have you ever felt like maybe I’d rather speak to someone who doesn’t know me and can therefore have an objective perspective? Have you ever longed for a connection that, though virtual, feels like the ‘click’ you see on rom-coms? This is not a dating platform, unless the relationship you’re looking for is one with yourself.

The Venting Machine is essentially a place to vent (wouldn’t take much to figure that out). No judgement, no bias, no type of prejudice whatsoever. What’s important here is that you feel like someone out there cares enough to listen.

This site in no way claims to know you, to be either your friend or your therapist. All we know about you is what you tell us. Do you want to pretend for a moment that you’re a princess living in a castle made of glass? Or perhaps you’re just overwhelmed and need to let loose. We’re ‘just here to lend an ear’.


Temporarily bound by the inability to set up a live chat feature, The Venting Machine can work in any way you deem appropriate for you.

You can choose to send us an email, or just anonymously drop a comment in the form below if you’re okay with your comment being responded to on the website. If you choose to include some means of contact in the form below then it might be easier for us to get in touch with you. We’re also happy to do this via direct messaging on Instagram / Twitter/Facebook. We do not, however, currently have a dedicated phone line for this, so any text messaging or calling is not an option.

If you have any suggestions regarding how to build on communication (platforms?), we’d love to hear it!

We usually reply within 24 hours, and we hope that this helps at least one person out there be able to cope with whatever it is they are dealing with and go about their day with a smile! 🙂

P.S. If you choose to reveal your identity to us, you can be rest assured that it will be our safest guarded secret. We’re only here to lend an ear!


You’re probably wondering why you would choose to talk about something that’s bothering you to a complete stranger. It’s completely understandable that you would be skeptical. But rest assured, your privacy and well-being is our priority here at The Venting Machine.

Sometimes, it’s not possible to talk to your friends, family members or well-wishers about things. It may not even be possible to articulate your thoughts. Sometimes, you may just want an outside perspective from someone who doesn’t know you.

The whole point of The Venting Machine is to be able to have a space where you can just be. You can talk about anything under the sun, be anyone you want to be. We don’t know who you are, and we know nothing about you, beyond what you tell us. We’re simply here to listen, and to help you feel lighter.

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Just here to lend an ear.

The Venting Machine gives you a chance to re-discover people from the confines of your gadgets, where you can rant like nobody’s business, and frankly, no one is here to judge. It’s about your feelings and your thoughts, materializing in this space, reaching out to people across continents so that no one has to feel alone.

DISCLAIMER: This site does not claim to be a counselling service of any sort. The sole purpose of The Venting Machine is to be a space where people can talk freely, anonymously and feel lighter as they go about their lives. Any profanity / innuendo / mockery will not be tolerated / responded to. Cigarettes In The Sand reserves the right to delete any comment which it feels may put a damper on the spirit of the other users of the site.