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If a young person identifies as a gender or sexuality minority, this does not mean they have a mental health problem. However, gender and sexuality are important aspects of who we are and so are sometimes closely related to people’s wellbeing.

We want young people to feel able to talk about their gender and sexuality so that people who are trying to come out, or might be scared about this, or are facing hard times as a result of being true to their identity know there is support out there. A lot of people feel judged and feel like they are being beaten down and we want you to know that you are not alone.

This section is a place for information and support for all young people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. It is for friends, siblings, parents, other family members, teachers, counsellors, social workers and for everyone in the community.

What you identify with is down to you. You don’t have to rush into identifying with a label (whether this is part of the LGBTQ+ descriptions of people or any other label).

Labels are not always helpful.There is no pressure in CAMHS for you to use or not use them. It is up to individuals to decide about this and to use labels or words to describe themselves that feel comfortable to them.


What is the LBGTQ+ Support and Action Youth Group?

Join us in naming the prejudices, misconceptions and other obstacles that LGBTQ+ young people face and stand proudly with us in responding to the effects these things have on our lives and those of other young people in our community.

 

Who is the group for?

For young people who identify themselves under the umbrella of LGBTQ+ from Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith


What does the group do?

  • Offers support to Young LGBTQ+ people 
  • Promote understanding and awareness about obstacles facing LGBTQ+ youth in the local community, their implications for young people’s wellbeing and opportunities available to community members and institutions to stand against discrimination
  • Identifying the needs of LBGTQ+ young people, sources of local and wider support and finding ways of promoting this
  • Tackle misinformation, stigmatisation and bullying
  • Guide / inform / educate the local community including schools, CAMHS, Children’s Services, Youth Groups, Colleges and others!
  • Establish links with schools, colleges and other agencies in the community to recruit them to help tackle stigma and homophobic and transphobic bullying
  • Developing LGBTQ+ section of the West London CAMHS website
  • Is about meeting like-minded people and having fun!

When?

Every third Tuesday of the Month, 4.30pm to 6pm (however timings of the group may change occasionally)


Where is it?

Hounslow CAMHS, Heart of Hounslow Centre for Health, 92 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW3 3EL


Nearest tube station: Hounslow Central

Local buses:  81, 203, 222, H32 and H98


Find out more

Contact Ben Shannahan (Family Therapist) at ben.shannahan@wlmht.nhs.uk or on 020 8483 2050.


We hope to see you soon!

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