In a recent national survey of young people for PACE's RaRE research study, 39% of LGBTQI participants under 26 year old had made at least one suicide attempt in their life as compared to 17.9% of heterosexual survey respondents - that's more than double. We know that all too often, young LGBTQI people experience bullying, rejection and harassment which can seriously affect their mental health, wellbeing and ability to get on with life.
Project Indigo has a strong track record of providing a safe space for young LGBTQI people living in Hackney to develop a positive sense of themselves and their identity. We provide weekly drop-in facilitated meetings lead by qualified psychotherapist and a specialist youth worker to support young LGBTQI people to develop confidence in their gender and sexuality and connect them to their local community.
The sustainable long-term benefits are reducing isolation, making meaningful and sustainable friendships, clear vision of hopes and dreams, improved communication about needs and desires, increased confidence, improved attitude towards education/work, enduring success in education/work, increased awareness of rights and opportunities available to LGBTQI people, understanding of rights and opportunities for LGBTQI people.
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