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Help and support for the transgender community

Support for trans youth

Experiencing feelings of gender dysphoria can be a difficult and traumatic experience, even for adults.

Support for
trans youth

Although it may seem like you are alone sometimes, the good news though is that there are a number of  organisations throughout the UK, which have the experience and resources to help you understand these feelings and support you in accepting them and your identity.

Mermaids is probably the most recognised UK support organisation and offers Information, support, friendship and the opportunity for children to share experiences . Additionally, they can also support, where possible, to help their families understand and accept their child’s gender identity issue.

Chrysalis aims to promote self confidence and well being through education, practical application and support.  Thus enabling progression into becoming a whole person capable of independent living.  The support Chrysalis offers comes from recognised counsellor, social worker and specialist adviser

Our objective is to relieve the distress and suffering caused to the LGBT community through domestic violence and abuse, in particular but not exclusively by doing the following: Raising awareness in the LGBT community and elsewhere of the impact of homophobic, transphobic and same sex domestic violence on the lives of LGBT people

The Schools OUT Student Tool Kit is for young people in any British secondary educational setting who are LGBT.   It is also useful for your friends and family members. Most of the Student Tool Kit is relevant for all schools. Some areas are equally applicable to primary schools.

If you’re young and confused about your gender, the NHS choices website contains a special section for younger trans people, where you can share stories and experiences in your own language.

Useful Links

Mermaids UK - Supporting gender-diverse and transgender children
The Schools OUT Student Tool Kit

New Trans+ Helpline

The south west region of the Charity Mind is opening a confidential helpline to support those who identify as Trans, their families and friends. From Friday 10th February 2017 the service will be available on Mondays and Fridays 8pm – Midnight. The call-handlers (many of whom are trans) have been extensively trained and will ensure it is a safe place to talk. If you, or someone you know, is in distress it can make a real difference to talk to someone about how you feel. You will be able to talk anonymously in complete confidence. If you need someone to talk to call the Trans + Mindline: 0300 330 5468