IRELAND IS TO become the first country in the world to carry out a national LGBT youth strategy.
Young people around Ireland are being urged to get involved and share their views over the coming months, with events organised around the country.
On Wednesday 17 May a regional consultation will be held in Waterford.
The strategy aims to address the challenges faced by young members of Ireland’s LGBT community.
The LGBT Ireland Report published recently identified barriers to good mental health, including bullying at school, fear of rejection and discrimination, harassment and violence and negative attitudes and stereotypes. The report shows higher levels of self-harm and suicidal behaviour among LGBT teenagers as well as worrying levels of severe and extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression.
The (LGBT) Strategy for young people will be developed to build on the National Youth Strategy (2015) which aims to enable all young people to realise their maximum potential by respecting their rights, hearing their voices and addressing their concerns.
Youth Organisations can nominate young people to attend, by filling out this nomination form. All young people attending will need to fill out an assent form, and their parents to fill out a consent form.