Social isolation and marginalisation are common for many LGBTQ+ young people. This has a direct impact on mental health. Isolation is exacerbated by the stigmatisation of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences. Support that fosters a sense of belonging through active community building and group work is vital to addressing social isolation and validating LGBTQ+ identity.
What’s the problem?
Harri* (young person) said “being in the queer community and having mental health issues is one thing, but I feel being trans adds another layer. You can begin to feel ostracised and alone even in your own community (especially in the current political climate).”