Stand Up For Awareness Week – November 13th-17th this year

According to research, 1 in 3 young LGBT people aged 14 – 18 have attempted to take their own lives because of bullying, rejection, and pressures to hide who they really are.

Bullying puts the mental health, wellbeing, and potential of LGBT students at serious risk. Students are still reporting high levels of LGBT bullying in Irish post primary schools. 67% of LGBT+ young people witnessed bullying of other LGBT students and over 50% of them personally experienced bullying. One in four missed or skipped school to avoid negative treatment due to being LGBT+.

Now in its seventh year, Stand Up Week runs this week from Nov 14 – 18. 25% of post primary schools in Ireland participated last year making it one of the most important anti-bullying initiatives in the post primary school calendar. The Minister and BeLonG To are calling on even more post primary schools to participate this year to help address the issue.

Moninne Griffith, Executive Director, BeLonG To said: ‘Despite the great progress we have made in Ireland with equality legislation and marriage equality, most LGBT students are still facing very tough situations in their schools – rejection, bullying and pressures to hide who they really are.  This has devastating impacts on their levels of self-harm and suicide.  BeLonG To is calling teachers and parents to mind the mental health of LGBT students– join #StandUp2016 and help build safe and supportive schools.”

For further information on how to get involved with #StandUp2016 visit www.belongto.org/standup.