The social and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people

The social and emotional wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people

Nicole Scott, Vikki Ryall and Adam Bourne
9 December 2021

This webinar will present the research on LGBTIQA+ young people’s social and emotional wellbeing and how professionals can better understand, engage and respond to their needs.

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9 December 2021 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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CFCA’s final webinar for 2021 is a re-broadcast of our April webinar. The first screening saw high attendance and engagement, and the topic continues to be relevant for our audience. This broadcast will not include a live Q&A; however, the extended Q&A from April will be shown.

Despite increasing social acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people in Australia, many young people continue to have experiences that negatively impact their social and emotional wellbeing. To differing extents, mainstream service providers are working to understand the needs of this group and respond accordingly. However, there continues to be a gap in the evidence on LGBTIQA+ young people and how best to respond to their social and emotional needs.

This webinar will help practitioners adopt an inclusive approach to working with young people with diverse sexuality, gender or variations of sex characteristics. Specifically, it will:

  • Present findings from the largest ever study on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people aged 14-21, Writing Themselves In 4
  • Share a first-hand account of seeking help from services
  • Present practical considerations for practitioners to engage and respond to LGBTIQA+ young people.

This webinar will be of interest to professionals working in domestic and family violence, mental health, child protection, out-of-home care and other social services.

We encourage you to test your system before the webinar, and read our  Frequently Asked Questions .

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About the presenters

Nicole Scott

Nicole Scott is extremely passionate about youth mental health, specifically early education around emotions in schools and how people can be helped who experience anxiety and depression. Nicole also cares deeply about helping the community in suicide prevention. Nicole’s journey has been filled with many challenges. During her teenage and young adult years she experienced bullying, severe anxiety, and depression. During this time, Nicole found it hard to leave the house and felt lost for a while. She started accessing services at age 15 and through this learnt ways to help manage her mental health and express her emotions in a healthy way. In 2018 she joined headspace Geelong’s Youth Future Crew to give back to the community and to support her mental wellbeing. In her position as a headspace Youth National Reference Group member, Nicole wants to inspire and empower others to seek help, see their own power and to know that no matter how you feel it’s valid. Nicole identifies as part of the LGBTIQA+ community and is a strong advocate for self-care. She keeps mentally healthy through yoga, exercise, gaming, spending time in nature and reaching out for extra help when needed. As well as being dedicated to human rights and the environment, Nicole loves to cosplay. She loves being able to bring joy to others and see their faces light up.

Vikki Ryall

Vikki Ryall is the Executive Director of Clinical Practice at headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Vikki has led service design, development and implementation as well as major changes to improve clinical decision making, governance and implementation of evidence-based practices. In 2010 Vikki was instrumental in creating eheadspace, the only youth mental health service providing online treatment by trained and qualified mental health professionals. In a career that has spanned 25 years, Vikki has extensive clinical experience with young people who are difficult to engage, high risk and present with complex needs. Vikki is a passionate advocate for youth mental health and youth participation.

Adam Bourne

Adam Bourne is Associate Professor of Public Health and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), as well as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney.  At ARCSHS, Adam takes a leading role in the development of research that examines the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ populations, at both a domestic level and in an international context, especially in the areas of alcohol and other drug use, mental health and family violence. Adam was the lead investigator of Writing Themselves In 4, a national survey of LGBTQA+ young people (aged 14-21) that was able to recruit the largest ever sample of this population in Australia. 


I am interested in this webinar but unavailable at the time. Will it be recorded and accessible after the event?
Ross Mclean
Hi Ross, a recording of the presentation, including powerpoint slides, audio and transcript, will be made available on this page shortly after the broadcast. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to CFCA News to be notified once the webinar recording is available:
Amanda Coleiro
This was an excellent presentation with up to date and detailed information-thank you
Debra Hine
Thank you for your feedback Debra - we're glad you found the webinar useful
Mitchell Bowden
I enjoyed the webinar today and learned some new ways of looking at things. I will be taking the advice of Nicole and purchasing a pronoun badge for me and for my trans child.
Kim Stanton
That's great to hear Kim. Thanks for letting us know
Mitchell Bowden
Looking forward to it.
Talie Star

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9 December 2021 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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