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LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support

Below is a list of services and support for children and young people from the LGBTQ+ community.

Young Stonewall

This is a website supporting children and young people from the LGBTQ+ community with access to information, advice and resources.

You can view their website by clicking here

The Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is the home of LGBT+ Youth and this dedicated website is full of advice, information and resources for children and young people.

You can view their website by clicking here

LGBTQ+ Youth Group Bedford

QYouth Bedford gives young people aged 13-19 who identify as LGBTQ+, or who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity, a place to be themselves.  This social and support group meeting weekly in a central Bedford location and offers a wide range of services and activities including:

  • One-to-one support
  • Special events such as barbecues
  • Visits to other LGBTQ+ youth groups
  • Trips to Pride parades
  • Partnership working on projects with mainstream youth agencies

For more information click here

Jay's Story

Jay Worthington is a fierce advocate of the transgender community for young people and he speaks up about stigma surrounding mental health. He was shortlisted for his tenacity to initiate change in mental health for the Young Person's High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Citizenship Award in March 2019.

Watch Jay’s Story here:

Beau Bedford

An exciting transgender meeting and support group that has been running since January 2012

Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at 7:30pm in the cafe area of the Bedford Health Village in Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2NT

This will give a social meeting point for all transgender people and their family and friends in safe and secure environment for mutual benefit and support without any fear or prejudice.

At the social evening we offer free parking on site and changing facilities.

There is a £3 per person charge for refreshments.

You can view their facebook page by clicking here

Mermaids

Transgender Mermaids has been supporting transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children, young people, and their families since 1995.

You can view their website by clicking here

Sexual orientation and gender identity workshop

This resource includes a PowerPoint, lesson plan for teachers and resources to run a classroom activity.

After taking part in this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the impact of gender identity and sexual orientation stereotypes and how the law protects people from discrimination
  • describe what happened at the Stonewall Riots and how they have impacted LGBT+ people’s lives today
  • explain how The Equality Act (2010) protects people from discrimination
  • suggest ways we can help stop people being bullied for being different and ways to get support.

you can view this resource by clicking here

Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying

This guidance:

  • supports school staff in understanding sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying
  • sets out why schools should act on these issues
  • outlines strategies to prevent and respond to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying and identifies other sources of further support and information, including clarifying the role of local authority staff and specialist support for schools

You can view this resource by clicking here