Online chemsex support

 

If you live in England, we have two new online services provided in partnership with Terrence Higgins Trust’s Friday/Monday service – an online support group and an online counselling service. Both can be accessed via a desktop computer, smartphone or tablet and are provided by London Friend in partnership with Terrence Higgins Trust.

 

 

 

Online one-to-one counselling

 

We are offering a series of one-to-one online video counselling sessions. These will help you gain more control over the role that sex, drugs and alcohol are playing in your life and allow you to work on individual goals.

 

Perhaps you’d like to make changes around your relationship to sex, drugs and alcohol, but don’t know how. Maybe you just want someone to talk to about how you feel. Whatever your needs, our counsellor is there to support, help and guide your choices and decisions.

 

Your qualified counsellor will be a gay man who is trained and works with our Antidote service, as well as being experienced in mental and sexual health. After an initial online assessment with your counsellor, you will be offered four one-to-one online video counselling sessions. They will take place at the same time and on the same day each week over a month. Each session will last for 50 minutes.

 

More information about one-to-one counselling on the Terrence Higgins Trust website.

 

If you have any questions, please email fridaymonday@tht.org.uk or call 0808 802 1221.

 

To sign up, complete this registration form.

 

 

Online support group

 

Our four-week online video 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 7.30-9.00pm on a week night. The group uses a simple, free app that allows you to join and see other members of the group. You do not need to use your real name when you access the app.

 

The group will be provided by trained health promotion workers from Terrence Higgins Trust with experience of supporting men on these issues and behavioural change.

 

More information about the support group on the Terrence Higgins Trust website.

 

If you have any questions, please email fridaymonday@tht.org.uk or call 0808 802 1221.

 

To sign up, complete this registration form.

 

 

How these services work

 

Both one-to-one counselling and group support will take place via a free programme called Zoom, which allows confidential, encrypted voice and video communication. You will need to download a free app or a programme for your computer, or you can access it through a web browser, which also requires a small download. Be aware that you may be unable to use Zoom on a work computer if it does not allow you to install software.

 

Ideally you will need a webcam for a desktop computer or laptop, or use of an inbuilt camera on a tablet to allow you to see and talk to your counsellor/facilitator or other group members.

 

Note: Due to the nature of this service a laptop, desktop computer or tablet is preferable. A smartphone can be used but the small size of the screen may make this less ideal.

 

You also need access to a reliable internet connection – broadband or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). The software we are using can be used on a wide range of platforms and operating systems including Windows, MacOS and Linux. Find out more about which systems the software supports.

 

 

How confidential are these services?

 

All personal information is confidential. We do not share it with organisations outside Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend. Anonymised data will be used for the purpose of evaluating the project.

 

We have strict guidelines on protecting your confidentiality, and the counsellor/facilitator has had specific training on ethics and responsibility around maintaining confidentiality.

 

  • For one-to-one counselling, each session will be strictly confidential and anything you say in sessions will be kept between you and the counsellor.

 

  • For group support, each session will be strictly confidential and anything you say in sessions will be kept between you, the facilitators and the rest of the group.

 

We will not otherwise disclose personal information without your consent unless legally required to do so – for example to comply with the law or a court order, or where there is a clear safety risk to you or to someone else.

 

Will sessions be recorded?

 

No. The sessions will never be audio or video recorded for any purpose by your counsellor or facilitators at London Friend or Terrence Higgins Trust.



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