I no longer have any male role models in my life since my dad and grandad died – The Sun

I FEEL I struggle with man-related issues because I have never really had anyone close for long enough to talk to about them.

My dad died when I was 12 and my grandfather died when I was a toddler. I’m a guy of 17.

I’ve no close male relatives. Mum is always there for me and I have two older sisters but they all see things from a female point of view.

I know they cannot help that but it does not help me.

There is no man to talk to about my worries or innermost feelings.

DEIDRE SAYS: I understand how difficult that feels as you make the transition from being a boy to being a man.

You’ve suffered painful bereavements and it will help to find understanding for that, especially from a male perspective.

Check out hopeagain.org.uk, which supports bereaved young people of both genders.

Talking a male counsellor or mentor could help too. This is something your school should be able to arrange.

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