Boys Too: Help us to help boys who self-harm

by MeeTwo in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th August 2020 we successfully raised £5,345 with 243 supporters in 415 days

Boys who self-harm are 17 times more likely to die by suicide. Help MeeTwo to reach, support and educate the 1 in 4 boys who self-harm.

by MeeTwo in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

MeeTwo is different. We don't want to 'raise awareness' or 'decrease stigma'. We want to create useful, practical solutions that give young people agency and allow them to be actively involved in solving their own problems. 

With one in four 14 year old girls now showing signs of depression and 50% of adult mental health issues manifesting by the age of 18, we have to think beyond 1-2-1 counselling models. Peer support is a uniquely scalable and empowering solution and MeeTwo's social media format makes self-help a highly engaging process. 

But we'd like to go further. At the moment, MeeTwo can't support video, but with an extra £15,000 we could build that capacity into the MeeTwo app and become the world's first youth mental health broadcast platform. 

Video would allow us to be more creative and engaging. We could deliver a much broader range of educational resources, create animated series and short films on themes around mental health. Video would also create sponsorship opportunities which would ensure sustainability and help us to keep the MeeTwo app free. 

If you have a big heart and deep pockets, help us to achieve our stretch target, and become a stakeholder in the world's first youth mental health broadcast platform.  


Why Boys?

Most people think of self-harm as an issue that primarily affects teenage girls, but 1 in 4 boys aged 16- 25 self-harms. 

The number of boys who self-harm is estimated to have increased by 300% since 2000, but the truth is, no one really knows how many boys self-harm because boys don't ask for help.

What we do know, is that boys who self-harm are 17 times more likely to die by suicide. Since suicide is now the leading cause of death in young people, and boys account for 75% of all youth suicides, providing boys with access to safe support is crucial. 


What do we want to achieve?

The MeeTwo app already supports 4,000 boys, but we want to reach 8,000 by September. Our data shows a spike in panic attacks and suicidal ideation at the start of term, so timing is important. 

“I actually didn’t realise how much better this app can make someone feel. I love being able to ask my own questions and just the experience of trying to help even one other person helps me to feel happier too” @coolevilgod May, 2019

What will we use the money for?

The money we raise will help us to run targeted campaigns via social media, and to develop in-app educational resources which are specifically designed to support boys who self-harm.

What is MeeTwo?

MeeTwo is a multi-award winning mental help app. We support 11,000 young people aged 11-23 and 35% of registered users are boys.

Anonymity makes it easier to talk about difficult things. It is particularly important for boys because it allows them to  escape gender stereotypes and expectations.  

Peer support allows boys to transform difficult life experiences into useful advice for other boys. It creates a virtuous circle where helping, helps the person who gives support, as much as it helps the person who gets it.

Research based. MeeTwo looks like social media, but it integrates the latest psychological research including nudge theory, priming and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The app is specifically designed to help young people develop protective factors such as emotional resilience, empathy, social skills, stress management and coping techniques.  

Safe. A team of moderators check all posts and replies in advance. High risk posts are examined by trained psychologists and supported within the app, or via third party support. 

Effective. Following their own independently successful trials, the NHS Apps Library, Digital Health.London (NHS), Teach First, and CAMHS (NELFT) have endorsed the MeeTwo App, and we have working partnerships with Shout, Childline and the NSPCC.  

Co-created. MeeTwo has been co-created with over 2,000 young people from across the UK.  

Tech4Good

MeeTwo is a finalist in this year's prestigious Tech4Good Award for Connected Society that is sponsored by BT and Samsung. Your 'likes', 'shares' and 'donations' will help us to raise the funds that we need to support boys who self harm AND give us a shot at winning the Tech4Good People's Choice Award.

Who runs MeeTwo?

MeeTwo Education was co-founded in 2015 by Dr Kerstyn Comley and Suzi Godson. Dr Kerstyn Comley is an education technologist and Suzi Godson is a research psychologist who is recognised as a leading expert in the field of sex and relationships. For more information or press enquiries email us at info@meetwo.co.uk

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£3 or more

15 of 40 claimed

Meet the Meerkats - lucky draw

If you are feeling down what better pick-me-up than spending time with a mob of meerkats. One lucky winner and a friend will spend the day at the Paradise Wildlife Park and join zookeepers inside the secure enclosures for this unique animal experience. You'll even get your own feeding bowl! Thanks to Paradise Wildlife Park for your support. Prize available only for children aged 10 - 99 years old. Prize value £150. Draw takes place on 16.07.1

£1 or more

£1, two 50 pence pieces, or 100 pennies

As they say (in that annoying supermarket advertising campaign), Every Little Helps❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

£2 or more

Comical comments for a case of cupcakes

Imagine this. The doorbell rings and when you open the front door you are handed a dozen delicious cupcakes. Yummy! To win this tasty treat make your pledge and write a comical comment. The funniest comment will be chosen by a panel of discerning MeeTwo users and the winner will be sent a case of cupcakes. Delicious.

£5 or more

Waterbomb the MeeTwo team

We'll fill a yellow water balloon, write your name on it and throw it a member of the MeeTwo team. Waterbombing will be held on July 15th and broadcast on Instagram. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

£10 or more

You Slay! Awesome MeeTwo compliment cards

MeeTwo compliment cards may be small, but they have a big impact. Make someone's day by giving them a compliment. Mixed pack of 50 cards.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

£15 or more

The MeeTwo Teenage Mental Help Handbook

Two copies of the MeeTwo Mental Help Handbook - one for you, one for a school/college of your choice. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ “Sometimes, I feel staff training hasn’t given us the tools we need which is why the handbook is a great resource we can go to and it’s all there. Everyone in school should have a copy” (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and PSHE Tutor, Secondary School, UK)

£30 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Limited edition prints

Get a limited edition print by MeeTwo user Evie Basch. They are out of this world. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ To see her work visit: https://www.instagram.com/evelynbasch/

£50 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Custardbomb the MeeTwo Team

We'll fill a yellow balloon with custard, write your name on it and throw it a member of the MeeTwo team. Custardbombing will be held on July 15th and broadcast on Instagram. We're hoping the water bombs will wash off the custard! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

£250 or more

2 of 6 claimed

Drinks and dinner with the MeeTwo founders

An evening of fun with the MeeTwo founders at a surprise location, which is definitely not Nandos.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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