Feeling lonely, isolated or need a MATE to talk to?
MATES Cafe is here for you when you are going through crisis. We understand that we all go through challenges in life, just as you are and when we have, we have reached out to a MATE for support. MATES recognise the benefits of having someone to talk to and just being there for us. We therefore want to be there for someone else when they need a shoulder to lean on. After all, isn't that what MATES are for?
You are not alone. MATES is here for you. It is our experience that many problems we face as a society, including domestic violence, depression, suicide, bullying and other social issues are caused by relationship breakdown. Because we don't know how to deal with our own emotional triggers, we become highly reactive or emotionally repressed and shut down. Either way, this is detrimental to our relationships - with ourselves as well as others and is what leads us toward feeling isolated and alone.
In this section, we will provide insights and answers, as well as supplemental support to help you get on track with what's important to you. This may include your mental and emotional and physical health as well as your relationships.
Remember that you're not alone and relationship help is just a phone call away: 0800RELATE
Youth Suicide related to Fatherless Homes...
In the US, children from fatherless homes account for:
63% of youth suicides (Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Census)
71% of pregnant teenagers (Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services)
90% of all homeless and runaway children
70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions come from fatherless homes (Source: US Dept of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988)
85% of all children that exhibit behavioural disorders (Source: Centre for Disease Control)
80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger (Source: Criminal Justice and Behaviour, Vol 14, p 403-26, 1978).
71% of all high school dropouts (Source: National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools)
75% of all adolescent patients in chemical abuse centres (Source: Rainbows for All God’s Children)
85% of all youth sitting in prisons (Source: Fulton Co. Georgia, Jail Populations, Texas Dept. of Corrections 1992)
There is no reason why these statistics aren't true for all countries...