Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. They work to raise awareness about gender issues among professionals and the general public. They campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and lobby for improvements in professional services.
Mermaids aim to:
- Reduce isolation and loneliness for parents and young people dealing with gender issues.
- Empower families and young people with the tools they need to negotiate the education and health services.
- Reduce suicidality and self-harm in the young people who contact Mermaids, and equip their parents to support their children to the same end.
- Improve self-esteem and social functioning in young people suffering with gender issues.
- Improve awareness, understanding and practices of GP’s, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Social Services and other professionals.
Mermaids have a helpline, an email support service, a parents forum and a separate teens forum, plus they organise multiple residential weekends per annum, and have several support groups. They can also give you information and links to other local organisations. To find out more, click here for helpline information, here for the parents; forum or here for the teens’ forum.