Below is an important message from ‘BeLonG To’ LGBT+ Youth Services:
“Regardless of what is happening in the world, we are here for LGBTI+ young people. Our Youth Workers are providing text, email and phone support for those who need it during this time of uncertainty.
We know that some LGBTI+ young people may feel isolated from their peers and chosen family, feel stuck in their homes with family members who do not support their identity, and feel scared and anxious.
We are here no matter what is going on. This is a scary time and nobody has to be alone during it. Reach out and talk to our friendly, expert Youth Workers Shane, Kate and Sean. They are happy to listen, provide information and referrals if needed.
We have paused our LGBTI+ youth groups for now, to allow people to self-isolate and stay safe until further notice. Our Crisis Counselling service with Pieta will continue for existing clients. If you are a client, your therapist, Nash, will be in touch with you. Unfortunately, we cannot offer free crisis counselling to new clients during this time.
Although our doors are closed, our entire team is working from home, and dedicated to supporting the lives of LGBTI+ young people. Thanks to our dedicated Operations Team, we are set up with the technology and tools to work from home. We are working on innovative ways to stay connected to our community online, and continue to provide support to LGBTI+ young people across Ireland.
Please expect more frequent messages from us as we navigate these times together as a community. We look forward to staying connected.
CEO, BeLonG To Youth Services”