Let’s be honest. There’s a LOT of over representation when it comes to young, LGBTIQ+ people and mental health related concerns. And since the dawn of time, we’ve been stanning with each other. And that bond is about to get a whole lot stronger.

Youth Projects has teamed up with The Mental Health Coach to deliver cost-free Mental Health First Aid training for 36 young, LGBTIQ+ people from across Victoria.

YASS, PLEASE.

This new project will equip 36 community-based, LGBTIQ+ peers with evidence-based skills and knowledge to spot the signs, have the important conversations and support their peers to access critical mental health services.

And, of course participants will have the opportunity to finish up with a MHFA Australia accredited and recognised training.

In their statistical “Snapshot” (April 2021), LGBTIQ+ Health Australia highlighted that 63.8% of LGBTIQ+ people aged 14 – 21 reported a mental health diagnosis. That’s compared to 45.5% of their hetero peers.

Plus, the fact that 71% of young, queer folk did not use a crisis support service during their most recent mental health crisis is even more concerning.

“The number of young, queer folk who are seeing their peers really struggling with severe mental health is heartbreaking. So, we must meet young, queer folk where they are at. We must empower and equip them with the right skills to navigate through and connect with critical support services” said Youth Projects CEO, Ben Vasiliou.

Delivered by The Mental Health Coach (wholly queer owned, developed and delivered might we add…), the training will include a specialised LGBTIQ+ focus, highlighting the unique mental health support needs and experiences of young, LGBTIQ+ people.

Sessions will be delivered flexibly across weekdays, weekends, evenings and delivered virtually to ensure equal access between our metro and regional friends.

It don’t stop there.

Each participant will be able to access free, ongoing mentoring for up to 6-months to boost their confidence, support implementation and provide hands-on guidance.

Expressions of interest for our LGBTIQ+ Mental Health First Aid training will open in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on our socials or sign up to our eNews for more info!

This project has been funded by Youth Affairs Council Victoria’s Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) grants program. HEY is proudly funded and supported by the Victorian Government.