Websites can be a great source of information and a way of meeting other young LGB&T people. You can also find out what’s going on in your local area.
Just remember to stay safe online. Not everyone will be who they say they are on chat rooms and social media.
Just remember to stay safe online. Not everyone will be who they say they are on chat rooms and social media. Click here for tips on how to protect yourself online: http://lgbt.foundation/information-advice/online-safety/
If you are ever uncomfortable with something that is going on online you can contact the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre: http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk
You can report abuse using this link: http://www.ceop.police.uk/
If you are worried about someone finding out which websites you have visited, there are ways to hide this information. Click here to find out how to do this: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/465
For more information on online safety, please click here.
Helplines can be a great way to get support for any issues that you might have. Many are open outside office hours and some can give information about groups and events going on near you. Normally these services are confidential.
Samaritans- 116 123 http://www.samaritans.org/
Samaritans provides emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.
Rape Crisis-0808 80229999 http://rapecrisis.org.uk/
Rape Crisis provides confidential support for survivors of sexual assault and rape. You can also get information about your nearest services.
LGBT Foundation- 0345 3 30 30 30 https://lgbt.foundation/
The LGBT Foundation provides advice, support and information to LGBT people.
Positively UK- 020 7713 0444 http://positivelyuk.org/
Positively UK provides help and support to people who are HIV positive.
Childline- 0800 1111 http://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
Childline provides help and support to young people in the UK.
Victim Support- https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
Victim support provides help and support to victims of hate crime.
Mermaids- 0808 801 0400- this number is freephone and won't show up on phone bills.
Mermaids provides help and support to Trans young people.
Helplines can be a great way to get support for any issues that you might have. Normally these services are confidential.