Youth rights should underpin the delivery of mental health support for LGBTQ+ young people. It is crucial that LGBTQ+ young people are enabled to make informed independent decisions about their own bodies and lives, and for the right to freedom of safe self-expression to be upheld.
What’s the problem?
Sandy* (staff member) said “I think confidence in being able to say: ‘actually, my rights are this, I can wear this uniform’ or ‘I can use the toilet that is assigned to my gender’ because that confusion, can create unease and anxiety. We’ve had young people who won’t use their school toilet for the whole day, all of these affect a young person’s mental health and wellbeing.”