Jan O’Sullivan, TD, Minister for Education, launching Stand Up! Awareness Week 2015

stand upani 3.epsToday, Monday 23rd November at 9 am, sees the launch of the 7th Stand Up! Week with Jan O’Sullivan, TD, Minister for Education and Skills. This event in St Nessan’s Community College, Moylish Park, in Limerick, is being organised by BeLonG To, Ireland’s national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people.

For this week 23rd – 27th November 2015, BeLonG To calls on schools to Stand Up for LGBT youth with packs going to second-level schools and youth services throughout the country, offering guidance and assistance. The organisation hopes that more students, teachers and youth workers will participate in the week than ever before.

Stand Up now reaches a quarter of all secondary schools, helping over 55,000 students, with an aim to increase this number each year.

Stand Up educational packs include information on homophobic and transphobic bullying, for teachers and youth workers, especially regarding the mental health difficulties caused by such bullying.

A study funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention found that, as a result of homophobic bullying, 50% of LGBT people under 25 have seriously thought about ending their life; 20% of LGBT people under 25 have attempted suicide; and 27% have self-harmed.

The packs also include lesson plans and posters.

For more information on Stand Up! Awareness Week against Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying, 23rd – 27th November, please visit:

www.belongto.org.

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