Today, GLEN and BeLonG To Youth Service launched a new online resource, lgbtmentalhealth.ie to promote positive mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and among young LGBT people in particular.
To launch the resource, 3 innovative short animations are being released to promote the new website and to highlight particular actions LGBT people can take that support their positive mental health. The first animation was launched today.
“Irish LGBT people continue to face significant risks to their mental health as a result of difficult experiences such as homophobic bullying in schools, harassment in their daily lives and challenges coming out,” said Odhrán Allen, Director of Mental Health at GLEN. “The online resource launched today directly targets LGBT people with information on how to look after their mental health and highlights the services available if they feel they need additional support.”
Irish research shows that many LGBT people, and young LGBT people in particular, are vulnerable to a range of mental health issues. The website signposts the most relevant supports and services across the country for LGBT people and is particularly accessible to young people to help them reach the support they may need.
This new resource has been funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP). The online resources and the animations launched today are one of a number of actions BeLonG To Youth Service and GLEN are taking to promote LGBT mental health and to prevent LGBT suicide. The online resource is being launched to coincide with See Change’s Green Ribbon month that aims to get Irish people talking about mental health.
For more, see lgbtmentalhealth.ie