The Men’s Health Forum has welcomed the widespread media reporting of Journal of Adolescent Health research showing that at least one in 10 of UK 16 to 21 year-olds had a 'distressing sexual problem'.
The Forum highlighted its own Man MOT service as the sort of service that by supplying reassurance and answers to still taboo questions could boost sexual confidence, reduce problems and anxiety and promote better mental wellbeing. Man MOT enabled men to talk anonymously online directly to a GP.
Men’s Health Forum CEO Martin Tod said: ‘The Journal's findings highlight a problem we’ve long been concerned about. It’s been noticeable in our web traffic, noticeable in questions to our website and was particularly noticeable in our Man MOT service. Most of the men using our Man MOT chat and email services were younger men and most of them raised issues relating to sexual health and sexual confidence.
'This research reinforces the point that there is a real need for support for young people on these issues - and our experience was that a confidential online chat and email service, such as Man MOT, was a great way of helping with those problems. There’s an absence of these sorts of services at present and we're continuing to look for funding so we can continue to offer it.’
The Forum currently runs an online support service called beatstress.uk
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Some links to the story:
- Distressing sexual problems 'for 10th of young UK men' (BBC)
- More than one in 10 young people have recently suffered a distressing sexual problem (Independent)
- From lack of arousal to climaxing too early, '1 in 10 young people report suffering from distressing sexual problems' (Daily Mail)
- Original Journal of Adolescent Health article