ReachOut releases report on LGBTI young people
ReachOut.com has revealed the results of a special report which shows as many as 20,000 LGBTI young people access their counselling service each month.
65 percent of the LGBTI youth that contact the service report going through a hard time.
“As a 24/7 online service, LGBTQI young people can turn to ReachOut.com for help at any time, completely anonymously, and get information and support for their mental health issues,” said Jono Nicholas, CEO of ReachOut.com by Inspire Foundation.
ReachOut receives over 1.4 million visits each year and the service offers crucial advise and information to young LGBTI people - delivering forums, videos and easily accessible information to youth in need.
Nicholas said ReachOut.com delivers practical tools that young people can use to deal with everyday life.
“For young people questioning their sexuality who feel uncomfortable talking to someone in person, watching a video about another young person’s experience or telling their story on the ReachOut.com forums can be exactly what they need."
Queer youth telling their story on ReachOut
Significantly the research identified that 86 percent of LGBTQI young people who access ReachOut.com are experiencing high levels of psychological distress.
“When a young person’s mental health is at a crisis-point, ReachOut.com is designed to help them recognise this and get them the additional help and support they need,” said Nicholas. “It’s a great success for the service that 30 to 40 percent of LGBTQI young people are more likely to see a doctor or mental health professional after visitingReachOut.com.”
The report also cites a number of success stories, with users of the site suggesting “[ReachOut.com] teaches me that being gay is okay,”
The report revealed information on mental health issues (depression and anxiety) is the most popular topic sought by LGBTQI young people on ReachOut.com, followed by information on self-harm, sexuality and suicide.
You can download the full research report, Whenever I Need It: Special report on the help provided to LGBTQI young people who access ReachOut.com from inspire.org.au –