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Throughout our lives, we will all face various challenges and obstacles. Some we will face alone, while others will need help, support, and guidance from specialists or those with the experience to help us find solutions. Many of these people offering support are facing or will have faced similar situations and issues. In overcoming or managing their own battles, they can provide support and help based on their personal experiences.

Many types of support groups and services cover a range of themes. Many offer specialist services such as helplines and dedicated support groups covering areas such as addictions, suicide prevention and many more. Support groups and services are all designed to help people in their darkest hours.

  WHAT ARE SUPPORT GROUPS?

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Whether because they are embarrassed or because of some old gender expectation, many people still often find it hard to ask for help. Believing that in asking for help, they are acknowledging that the problem is worse. Worse than it is, their sense of worth or value is in question simply because they cannot fix the problem themselves, when in reality, neither are true.

When going through something challenging, we often feel alone and unable to view the situation objectively. Negative feelings and thoughts can make a situation seem worse and make us feel like no hope or end is in sight. Whatever the problem, issue, or challenge, someone has likely faced similar life obstacles. Issues they are going through now or ones that they have already overcome.

Support groups and services are typically made up of trained professionals and people who have faced similar problems. Challenges that they have either overcome or that they have found ways to cope with and manage. These exceptional groups and services are extraordinary, especially for those needing a lifeline. Thousands of local and national groups and services help millions of people worldwide. Many of these people have faced some of the most demanding challenges of their lives.

Reaching out does not mean a person is weak; instead, it takes tremendous bravery. Admitting that someone has a problem or is struggling with a situation does not mean that they have failed; instead, they have the courage to find solutions to overcome any obstacles. Finally, it is essential for us all to remember that no one is ever alone, and all we need to do is reach out.

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STDs

2.4%

of all causes of death related to sexually transmitted diseases, Africa has the highest percentage at 6.9%

ALCOHOL-RELATED

0.3%

of all causes of death related to alcohol, Europe has the highest percentage at 0.6%

DRUGS RELATED

0.2%

of all causes of death related to drugs, the Americas has the highest percentage at 0.3%

SELF HARM

1.2%

of all causes of death related to self-harm, Oceanias has the highest percentage at 1.9%
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  ADDICTION SUPPORT

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Addiction is a disease that makes a person reliant, unable to stop or repeatedly does something that damages their physical or mental health. Though there are different levels and degrees of addiction, many take hold of a person. Breaking free typically takes a lot of effort and time, becomes a huge battle and may also be life-threatening.

Addiction can be anything from eating disorders to frequent sexual encounters; however, some of the more common and widely known addictions are:
  • drug addiction – people that are addicted to narcotics such as cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs such as oxycodone and opioids
  • alcohol addiction – people that are addicted to alcoholic beverages and products such as spirits, beers and even products with a high alcohol content
  • tobacco and nicotine addiction – people that are addicted to tobacco-related products such as cigars and cigarettes
  • gambling addiction – people that are addicted to gambling, placing bets on sporting events, playing card games and the machines at casinos

Once a person identifies an addictive behaviour, the next stage is to seek out help. Most addictions have dedicated support groups and services, groups made up of people with similar addictions, each in their own way providing helpful guidance and support.

EXCEPTIONAL AND DIVERSE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY

Learn more about the exceptional and diverse global LGBTQIA+ community. Discover interesting facts, join in the fun with interactive games, learn more about the exceptional pioneers and advocates and take pride in all of the sexualities, gender identities and special groups. Discover all things LGBTQIA+ with Gayther today

  ASYLUM SUPPORT

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The term asylum describes any person forced to leave their home due to conflict or persecution. Typically, by returning home, they would endanger their lives. Conflicts such as civil or international wars and persecution such as a person’s sexuality or religious beliefs are common causes. Refugees and those seeking asylum will flee their homes for personal safety and are forced to seek refuge in another country. To seek asylum, a person must qualify within the criteria defined within the UN Refugee Convention and Protocol; anyone who is successful is entitled to certain rights and protections.

Many refugees or asylum seekers are forced to leave their homes, where returning home would put their lives at risk. The grounds relating to persecution and qualifying conditions are typically associated with a person’s
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • association to a particular social group, such as identifying as LGBTQIA+

Once a refugee arrives in the country seeking asylum, support groups and services are designed to help them throughout their transition. From support in matters relating to the asylum process to the various ways, they can integrate within the local community. Ultimately, support groups are designed to help refugees and asylum seekers get the support and help they need.

WHO DO YOU CALL IN AN EMERGENCY...

When we travel abroad, most of us will have fun and pleasant visits, often without any major problems or incidents. In the event something bad happens, knowing who to call quickly can be a matter of life and death. The Gayther Emergency Services tool features emergency numbers for every country worldwide. With three separate methods for finding emergency service information, as well, as quick dial buttons, getting help quickly can be fast and simple

  BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

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Losing someone close to us is never easy; grief affects us differently, whether a parent, friend, partner or child. Whenever we lose a loved one, often those closest to us will likely be dealing with the loss themselves at the same time. Typically, with a person’s support network in distress during their time of need, some do not seek out the support they desperately need.

Support groups and services are forums for people experiencing or those who understand grief and have all directly experienced it themselves. A place in which those dealing with loss can talk to people in a similar situation to themselves. Each group member will typically share their experiences, offering much-needed support to one another. Groups like this also provide an impartial and outside perspective on a person’s situation.

LGBTQIA+ COUNTRY & REGION GUIDES

With countries around the world treating members of the LGBTQIA+ community differently, planning an overseas trip can be challenging. With over 233 country and 435 regional guides, Gayther guides provide you with all the information you need when planning your trip. From LGBTQIA equality to essential travel information, discover Gayther guides today

  FAMILY & LIFE TRANSITION

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Whether the birth of a new child or coming to terms with a person’s gender identity or sexuality, family and life transition groups help and support people throughout their lives. A common cause relates to the birth of a child, where many women suffer postpartum depression. Not only that but many parents and guardians also find it challenging to cope with their newborn child. Typically, many will find it difficult to talk to their partners or family, resulting in many suffering in silence, ultimately affecting their mental health.

We are often confronted with complex challenges and situations throughout our lives, many of which we cannot resolve without outside help and assistance. Many of these challenges do not stop at a certain point in our lives. As a result, family and life transition groups represent all age groups and issues we will likely face at some point.

Support groups and services are made up of people going through or those that have gone through similar situations. Members provide their experience, support, guidance and advice for all the challenges we will face in our daily lives.

EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE MAKING HISTORY

Over the past 50 years, the LGBTQIA+ global community has seen many positive developments, where the rights and protection for community members have greatly improved. The improvements and changes are a direct result of the exceptional individuals who stood up, often at great personal risk, to fight for and promote community rights. Discover more about some of these exceptional individuals today

  HEALTH & WELL-BEING SUPPORT

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Life is unpredictable, and the world as we know it can change instantly. Today, millions of people worldwide are being diagnosed with or living with life-threatening illnesses. Diseases that force them to question their life and mortality. Many of these conditions place a physical strain on their body; however, it will likely take a tremendous toll on their mental well-being. Remaining optimistic in all of the challenges life presents can be tricky.

Coping with a life-threatening illness is never easy. For most of us, getting outside help and finding people who understand what we are going through and have faced similar challenges can be hugely beneficial. Talking to people who can provide insight into what we might expect can help to reduce or remove any fear. Group or one-to-one discussions help remove the element of the unknown and a forum to talk about complex subjects that those close to us may find hard to discuss.

Support groups and services hosted by trained professionals or people with similar life experiences are a lifeline for many. A place that offers help, support and a forum to talk to people that understand what they are going through. A group of people will likely know how people think and feel as they try to cope with these difficult situations.

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With over one thousand data points relating to weather stations worldwide, hundreds of LGBTQIA+ country and state travel guides, as well as community-related articles, fun and games, there is something for everyone on Gayther. Help your friends, followers or customers by including a badge or any one of the hundreds of colourful QR Codes within your newsletter, blog, vlog or website to direct them to resources that relate directly to you or your business or service. Discover QR Codes and Gayther Badges today

  SUICIDE PREVENTION SUPPORT

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Suicide is typically a last resort for most people, something that happens when we have lost hope or cannot see an end to our misery or suffering. Those feeling suicidal often feel alone, unable to explain to others how they are thinking and feeling. Many feel unable to speak to those closest to them often because they fear how it might affect their loved ones. For most people considering suicide, the act is a cry for help.

Only the person with suicidal thoughts truly understands what they are going through. It is important to reiterate that they are never alone. Even in their darkest hour, there are people who care, people, they might not have met yet.

If someone feels despair and cannot speak to someone in their lives, reach out to any of the many dedicated services and support groups. Services where they will not be judged or told they are wrong, but where they will be listened to and offered support. Every person is unique, valued and important. Many of these support groups and services are made up of trained professionals or people who have survived a suicide attempt. Not only that, but it also includes people who have suffered the loss of a loved one through suicide.

Lastly, it is essential to remember that we are only one call away. One telephone number where the other end of the phone is a person who will listen. People who care and who want to help whatever the problem. If you are facing a difficult situation, keep reaching out and remember that you are never alone, you are loved, and you have value.

DISCOVER HOW WELL THE COMMUNITY ARE TREATED..

From marriages and unions to the decriminalisation of same-sex relationships, discover how well each country treats members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Updated each year, you can learn of the positive and negative developments for every country worldwide. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ Worldwide equality today

  VIOLENCE & ABUSE SUPPORT

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Many people have faced violence or abuse at some point during their lives. The difference often is the length and extent a person has had to endure the abuse. Abuse is abuse, whether it is a parent taking their frustrations on a child or an abusive partner. Not all forms of abuse occur over a long period; many cases are a single occurrence that has left the person with both physical and mental scars.

Rape, domestic violence, bullying, and many other types of violence and abuse affect millions worldwide. The long-term effect can be devastating, affecting a person’s confidence. Factors often make a person question their self-worth and fear what might happen if their abuser is exposed. Failure to talk about abuse and getting justice can be harmful, leading many to lose hope, self-harm and even resulting in some taking their own lives.

Support groups and services tailored towards violence and abuse are typically made up of trained professionals and people who have endured or survived some form of abuse. Seeking help is not a weakness; it is not their fault for what happened to them. Bad things happen; what is essential is that it is stopped from happening again. All those affected get the help they need to come to terms with their ordeal
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