If you have concerns about any of the following, help is available.
B4U-ACT has a list of mental health resources for MAPs and advice on staying safe while seeking support for a mental health crisis.
Doxxing and Harassment
MAP Resources compiles tools and advice to help MAPs protect themselves and their sensitive information while seeking support.
There are estimated to be millions of people living with minor attractions, but in a world that doesn't want them to be open about their existence, it can be easy to feel isolated and alone. For many minor-attracted people, self-acceptance starts with learning about others who had a similar experience. These resources share some of their stories.
Support groups provide a vital community for minor-attracted people who are struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation due to the social stigma surrounding minor attractions. They are also a great place to meet, interact with, and learn from other MAPs. Experts consider these to be a sufficient form of support for many MAPs.
These tools are designed to help minor-attracted people accept their attractions while learning strategies to overcome distress caused by the stigma surrounding minor attractions and reduce the risk of acting on their attractions. It should be noted that these resources may not accurately reflect the lived experiences of MAPs.
While it cannot change someone's attractions, therapy can help many minor-attracted people overcome mental health issues caused by the stigma surrounding their attractions. A small number of MAPs seek therapy due to concern about their ability to refrain from acting on their attractions.
Certain groups of minor-attracted people and their supporters may benefit more from resources intended specifically for them. We maintain lists of these resources so that everyone can find support that is helpful for them. Not all of the resources on these lists will be designed for MAPs, but we try to ensure they are all MAP-friendly.