“Support your friend, even if you don’t support their situation”

Support means helping someone out who needs some assistance. You can get support for all kinds of things;

  • Material support

  • Emotional support

  • Physical support

  • Financial support

  • Advice

Services can offer you advice when you have an issue or a question, and they will refer you to the right person for support. There is no shame in asking for help or support, everyone needs some support at some point in their life!

Have a look at where you can get support:

  • Health centre - Parents

  • Youth centre - Friends

  • Online support group - Nurse

  • Psychologist or counsellor - Teacher

  • Peer support groups - Trusted adults

With the support services above, you can talk about different issues which concern your sexual and reproductive health, such as questions about:

  • Contraceptives

  • Menstruation

  • Having sexual intercourse

  • Sexual abuse or coercion

  • STIs

Parent support refers to the support your parents or guardians can give you. Your parents are people who usually want the best for you and are therefore ready to give you the help, advice and support you need. Try to be open about your feelings, explaining to them what you feel and why you feel that way. However, there are times when you may find it difficult to discuss certain issues with them, especially if they relate to your sexuality. This is normal and it is good to look for support elsewhere.

Other types of support

Sometimes you also need support for other issues like:

  • Suicide prevention is support people receive when they are considering killing themselves due to extreme depression, stress, crisis or emotional difficulties. Health centres in your neighbourhood can support or refer people with suicidal thoughts! Alternatively, talk to a counsellor or trusted adult.

  • Bullying is about making others feel bad, by calling them names, intimidating them, acting violently or aggressively, threatening them or even abusing them. Bullying can have serious psychological and emotional consequences for the people being bullied. It is therefore important to stop bullying from happening and support people being bullied. If you are being bullied, ask a trusted adult or friend for help. They can advise you to talk to your teacher about the bullying if it is happening in class. You can also talk to a counsellor about it in your local youth centre! Alternatively, think of a trusted adult to ask for help from.

  • Drugs and alcohol can seriously harm your health. Uncontrolled, excessive or long-term use of drugs or alcohol can get in the way of a healthy and productive life. People who need support in dealing with drug / alcohol use can find help at the local health centre, or talk to a counsellor or trusted adult.

You practice!

Write down a problem you had recently, and write down why it made you feel bad. Now write about this problem, i.e. who you could talk to or where you could get support to solve this problem.