Gay and bisexual men are being offered an unprecedented new online counseling service providing advice and support on sex, drugs and alcohol.
Leading LGBT charities Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend have launched Friday/Monday, the first online counseling service of its kind. Providing digital support groups and virtual one-one counseling, services are created specifically for gay and bisexual men.
Friday/Monday will allows users to interact with a counsellor onscreen. Users can also join support groups with up to 10 people.
The Friday/Monday website reads:
If you live in England, we have two new Friday/Monday services – a support group and a counseling service. Both can be accessed via a desktop computer, smartphone or tablet and are provided by Terrence Higgins Trust in partnership with the LGBT drug and alcohol service London Friend.
On their online support group:
Our four-week online peer support group can help you better understand the role that sex, drugs and alcohol are playing in your life. If you find yourself stuck in a cycle of problematic sex, drug or alcohol use, this group can help you understand why that might be, and give you the knowledge and tools to make the changes you want.
The group will be attended by between six and 10 men, and the four sessions will take place from 7.30-9.30pm on a week night. The group uses a simple, free app that allows you to join the group anonymously and confidentially.
The support group will be provided by trained health promotion workers with experience of supporting men on these issues and behavioral change.
“We’re delighted to be working with London Friend to deliver this important and much needed project,” Cary James, Head of Health Promotion at Terrence Higgins Trust, told Attitude.
“Mainstream services often don’t meet the needs of gay men whose drug and alcohol use is linked to their sex life. This can leave them feeling isolated. These online services will reach out to these men and provide specialist support from people who really understand and who will not judge, helping people to get back in control of their sexual and mental health.”