- Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:00
What would you do if your 7 year old son told you that he wanted to be a girl?
Or your 14 year old daughter told you that she feels that she really is a boy?
Or perhaps you are a young person, and you feel that your body doesn't match who you are on the inside?
Dont panic, you are not alone. Our members are parents and young people who have dealt with, or are dealing with, issues like the examples above.
Mermaids is a support group for gender variant children and teenagers, and their families. Our goal is to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all persons aged 19 years and under who are in any manner affected by gender identity issues, and their families and to advance public education in the same.
To this end, Mermaids advocates: Let the child develop as he or she is naturallyl meant to, whilst loving and accepting them for who they are at the present time. Seek help to alleviate any distress they may show. Childhood is precious, and children should be allowed to enjoy it to the full.
In support of this we:
- Offer support to parents, families, carers and others.
- Raise awareness about gender issues amongst professionals (e.g. teachers, doctors, social services. etc.,) and the general public
- Campaign for the recognition of this issue and an increase in professional services
Telephone: (0208) 1234819 : Monday to Saturday
3pm until 7pm only, UK Time, when staffed, answerphone at other times - local rates!
We offer information, support, friendship and shared experiences. We give support for individual young people, with or without support from their families, whether they are out or not We will try, where possible, to help their families understand and accept their child's gender identity issue. We will also offer our help to family members, professionals and others who are worried about a child or young person.
We will offer our support via telephone, email and snail mail.