We know that homophobic bullying is rife in schools across Britain and Calderdale is no exception. The majority of GALYIC members have either witnessed or experienced it!

We also know that the age of coming out has dropped and many young people are now coming out at 14 years. This can be a really stressful and lonely time if you don't know any other LGBT young people and have no-one to turn to for support.

CyberMentors is about young people helping and supporting each other online. It is a safe, social networking site (similar to Facebook) for young people. It is for young people who are being bullied, or are feeling a bit low, or are maybe troubled by something and aren't sure what to do or who to talk to.

CyberMentors is where young people can go for help. It doesn't matter how big or small the problem is, CyberMentors are there to listen and support. There are even LGBT Mentors!

Six GALYIC members trained as CyberMentors and have joined dozens of other LGBT Mentors.

So if you are coming to terms with being LGBT or experiencing bullying or simply want to talk to another young person who is LGBT, then log onto CyberMentors and find yourself an LGBT mentor.

As well as having trained CyberMentors who are aged between 13 and 17 years, on site, there are also senior CyberMentors aged between 18 and 25 years who support both young people accessing the site as well as the younger mentors.

There are also qualified counsellors, moderators and BeatBullying staff on site to ensure the site is safe and support the Mentors as and when necessary.