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Barriers to Access

In this learning guide, we share our experiences and insights on breaking down barriers to accessing support, while highlighting the importance of safe spaces and inclusivity for young people, with practical advice and resources to help us navigate our unique challenges and intersections of identity.

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Average completion time: 15 minutes

What you will learn

By the end of this guide you will have:

  • Dived deeper into the reasons why LGBTQIA+ young people might hesitate to seek mental health support.
  • Gained a better understanding of concerns regarding judgement and the importance of creating safe spaces for open conversation.

Sections in this guide:

  • Identifying barriers

    In this section, we uncover the various barriers that LGBTQIA+ young people face when trying to access support, considering the complex mix of factors that may have led to negative experiences and prejudice. This includes aspects such as gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, and beliefs.
  • Safe spaces

    In this section, we delve into the concept of a safe space, its importance for LGBTQIA+ young people, and how to create one that fosters a supportive and inclusive environment.