Mental Health from a Rainbow Perspective

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    This section looks at mental health and how being part of the Rainbow community may influence it. This is where you’ll to get to hear the experiences and perspectives of Rainbow rangatahi who’ve struggled with their mental health. It’s also where you’ll find stats and get to learn why Rainbow young people might be more likely to need support with their mental health.

    Rainbow and Mental Health and Addictions

    Rainbow young people can face particular challenges when accessing services. If you’d like to learn about what these can look like, spend some time on these resources. 

    Discovering and coming to terms with their rainbow identity can be a confusing time for young people. There are many social, familial and internal conflicts that can make this time a bit more challenging and affect young people’s wellbeing.

    Even though Rainbow young people are more likely to access mental health services, many of them may already be secure with their identity and not want to explore it with you. It’s important to co-design your practice with the person in front of you and let them decide how much they want to share and what they want to focus on.

    By knowing a little, you can create a space where a young person feels safe to fully express their identity, making a massive difference in their wellbeing process. These resources are a great introduction to some of the questions you may have about how you can support a young person who is Rainbow and seeking mental health and addictions help. They are not textbooks that represent all Rainbow people but instead a collection of advice and experiences that can help you better understand how to support Rainbow rangatahi and their whānau.

    We hope that these resources can help you learn more about how to walk alongside and best support the Rainbow rangatahi you may come into contact with.

    Resources

    The key (right) will help you identify the resources that will work best for you.

     

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    1 Much like in mental health, Rainbow culture is filled with acronyms. You might know us as LGBT+, LGBTQIA+ or even SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression). For the purposes of this resource, we’ll be using the term Rainbow. We’ve chosen to do this due to its inclusive nature and because it aligns with the precedent set by Youth Organisations from this community, e.g. Rainbow Youth.

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