Teenaged guys who need someone to listen now have a dedicated service.
Kids Help Phone has launched BroTalk, an online support zone and referral service that provides support and someone to reach out to during tough times for guys aged 14 to 18.
“BroTalk has been created to empower teen guys to arrive at solutions to the problems they face before they’re in crisis,” said Sharon Wood, President and CEO of Kids Help Phone.
The goal of BroTalk is to address issues that may prevent teen guys from reaching out like stigma, gender stereotypes, and the term “mental health.” Instead, options are provided for support like access to a Kids Help Phone counsellor through Live Chat, information, and interactive tools.
“We frequently hear about the importance of talking about mental health, but when that very word poses barriers to the way some of our must vulnerable young people access help, Kids Help Phone knew we needed to make a change,” added Wood.
According to Kids Help Phone, young men who reach out for counselling are 31 per cent less likely to talk about mental and emotional health issues than girls, and 36 per cent less likely to talk about suicide or suicide related issues.
More information can be found on the BroTalk website.