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What we need people supporting us in crisis to know

In this guide, we’re going to share our experiences and thoughts as young LGBTQIA+ people about what we need you to know and how you can best support us during a crisis. We appreciate your openness to learn and grow with us.

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Average completion time: 15 minutes

What you will learn

By the end of this guide you will have:

  • Decoded the acronym LGBTQIA+ and understood the terms associated with it.


  • Grasped what we, as young LGBTQIA+ people, need from crisis support.


  • Realised how our past experiences or those of others around us can influence our interactions with services.

Sections in this guide:

  • What does LGBTQIA+ mean?

    In this section, we break down the meaning of LGBTQIA+ and explain what each letter represents. We've also included resources for further reading. Keep in mind that language evolves, so it's crucial to stay informed and adaptable.
  • Culture and social issues

    This section focuses on cultural and  social issues which impact young LGBTQIA+ young people’s identity as well as mental health. This includes stereotyping  and misconceptions on both identity and around mental health.