Online group support
If you have requested group support, you will be asked to have a 15 minute phone call with one of the group facilitators. They will let you know how it works and confirm that this is the right type of support for you, as well as answering any questions you may have. We only share personal information with your permission or at your request – for example, for referral to other services if you ask for them.
We are very strict about protecting your confidentiality, and the group leader has had specific training on the ethics and responsibility of protecting it.
How long does each online support group last?
The course consists of four online group sessions. They will take place on a weekday or weekend evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. Each session will last for 90 minutes.
What will happen in the sessions?
In the first session we will introduce you to the course and each other and then explore the impact sex, drugs and alcohol are having on the group. From then on each week we start the group by checking in with everyone to see how they are doing and hear their reflections from the previous session. We will then explore the topic to be covered that week and end with initial reactions to this and time for reflection.
At the end of each session you will be given homework which may consist of something to reflect on during the following week, and possibly make notes on – if that is helpful for you. You may also be encouraged to watch or listen to something we think may be helpful to you. We encourage you to take time to do this to make the most of the course.
Who will the group be facilitated by?
The group will be provided by trained health promotion workers with experience of supporting men on these issues and behavioural change.
How much does it cost?
The service is free and offered in a joint initiative by Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend.
What will happen after my sessions have ended?
This will be entirely up to you. You might decide that you don’t need any further support at the end of the four weeks. Or perhaps you’ll want to find out more about other sex, drug and alcohol support services that might be available in or around your area. You may even wish to consider seeing a more long-term counsellor, therapist or adviser in person. Whatever you decide, you’ll be able to discuss your options with the facilitator before the end of your final session. You may also choose to have four free sessions with our online counsellor.