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.
MAP Resources compiles tools and advice to help MAPs protect themselves and their sensitive information while seeking support.
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 supportive towards MAPs.
Minor who are MAPs are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues that can be caused by internalized stigma and a lack of safe access to effective support.
Friends and Family
Friends and family members of MAPs face a variety of challenges, including overcoming misconceptions they may hold about MAPs to support the MAP they know.
There are estimated to be millions of people living with minor attractions, but in a world that forces many to stay stay silent about their attractions, it can be easy to feel isolated and alone. For many MAPs, support starts with learning about others who had similar experiences. You can find some of their stories, and other relevant information, below.
Support groups can provide a vital community for minor-attracted people who are struggling with feelings of loneliness and isolation. These groups are also a great place to meet, interact with, and learn from other MAPs. They are capable of exceeding most MAPs' support needs and are promoted by mental health experts as an effective form of support.
While it cannot change attractions, therapy can help many minor-attracted people overcome mental health issues that they experience as a result of their attractions or related self-hate. A small number of MAPs seek therapy due to concern about their risk of committing a sexual offense, however, this is only necessary for a small minority of 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. Be aware that they focus heavily on preventing sexual offenses, which can be counterproductive for some MAPs.