#StandUp2016 + great things happening at BeLonG To this November

belongtoawaremessAutumn is a very busy time at BeLonG To. Next week 14th – 18th November is Stand Up! Week in post primary schools all over Ireland. This awareness campaign tackles homophobic and transphobic bullying by increasing awareness, friendship and support for LGBT students by other students.

For seven years BeLonG To has been working to make Stand Up! the biggest and most effective anti-LGBT bullying campaign in post primary schools. This year their ambitions are even bigger.

With your help, they are taking over social media. They want you to take a picture, with your friends or family or colleagues, of you holding hands or hugging to show your support, and post it on social media, using the hashtag #StandUp2016.

b2im2You can write a message of support or encourage other friends to get involved, but please remember to use the #StandUp2016, so they can gather everyone’s posts.

You can find all the information, posters and resources for Stand Up! 2016 in the “Download the Stand Up! Pack” section of their website.

Extra Supports for LGBT Young People

They are also thrilled to announce that this week they’ve opened ‘Monday Chats’, a One to One support service for LGBT young people who need someone to talk to.

It’s every Monday, in BeLonG To’s office on Parliament Street, with expert youth workers, who can provide information and advice on a wide range of issues, including mental health, sexual health, drug and alcohol harm reduction and bullying, or can just be a good ear for listening.

You can call them on 01 670 6223, or drop a line at info@belongto.org to book some ‘you time’.

With the help of wonderful friends at Pieta House, they’re also opening a counseling service. The service is for LGBT+ young people 14 to 24 years old, with suicide ideation or self-harm issues.

Young people must book access to this service through Pieta House, Ballyfermot, by calling them at 01- 6235606, and under 18’s must have guardian consent. The sessions take place in the BeLonG To office on Parliament Street, Dublin 2.

BeLonG To the Future video

Remember the #BeLonGToTheFuture celebrations last May, on the 1st anniversary of the Marriage Equality Referendum win? They made this gorgeous video of the day, and it’s up for an award.

Please pop on to Better Together’s website, and give it a vote!


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