Help. Support. Do these words send shivers down your spine? Do they sound a bit wussy? Does the idea of getting help and support make you feel like less of a man? This was one of the big themes that came out of our nationwide survey, as well as the interviews we held with 16-19 year old men, for our report ‘Love, Lust and Loneliness’, which you can read here.
What Status says is that that’s a load of rubbish. Help and support are vital in issues as important as self-image, self-esteem, relationships and sex. And help and support are available.
First of all, Status Online is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and these are spaces where you can come and interact with each other, and with people who can offer great advice.
Plus Status is partners with organisations and charities who can also offer advice and support for the things you might be worried about.
Here is the run-down of those organisations and charities:
Brook is a UK based provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25. They offer relationship advice, provide a sexual health helpline and list other useful helplines. Go to https://www.brook.org.uk/
Mind provide advice and support to empower those experiencing mental health problems. Being upset about a relationship is not necessarily a mental health issue but, if you’re really struggling to cope with your feelings, Mind may be able to help. Go to https://www.mind.org.uk/
Relate is the UK’s largest provider of relationship support providing all kinds of relationship help and advice to over a million people from a range of different ages and backgrounds each year. Go to https://www.relate.org.uk/
The CoupleConnection ‘do it yourself’ relationship support service is created and run by OnePlusOne, the UK’s leading relationship research organisation.
Offering a wide range of articles, self-assessment tools, activities, quizzes, exercises and courses, the site helps you to improve and strengthen your relationship. If just want to offload in a safe space, try their forum – The Listening Room. Go to http://thecoupleconnection.net/