Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI)



Central Coast Mental Health is committed to diversity and social inclusion. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander’s, people who identify as LGBTI, people of all ages, people with a disability and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”

ycentral provides health services to all young people but if you identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex or uncertain about your sexuality, we want you to feel that this is a place where we can help you in a manner that recognises that issues around sexuality are important to you. We would like to be able to help you directly or connect you with other health services.

We don’t believe that being unsure about your sexuality means that you have a mental health issue or that there is something wrong with you. In fact, it is completely normal to wonder about what is normal and about whom you are attracted to. You may not be attracted to anyone at this point in your life and that is normal too. Sometimes it might be a little confusing. We just want you to know that we are here for you if you need to talk.

Supporting Transgender Young People in Schools – CCMH Schools Conference Podcast

Transgender young people face unique and complex issues as they navigate the cultural expectations of gender and how these relate to their personal identity. Striving for balance, learning to cope, questioning, and eventually becoming comfortable with one’s gender identity and sexual orientation are paramount for healthy growth and development.

In July 2016, a Mental Health and Schools Conference for teachers, health and service providers took place on the Central Coast. The conference is coordinated by NSW Health, headspace Gosford and Lake Haven, The Department of Education and Independent Schools. A panel discussion titled “Transgender Young People: educating ourselves on supporting young people who are transgender” was held to hear the voices of transgender young people, carers, and health professionals. The panel consisted of key representatives of the transgender community and discussed the lived experiences of transgender people in their schools. Panellists shared deeply moving, informative and educational stories.

A panel of varied speakers both with professional and/or personal experience with transgender and gender diverse young people in a school setting podcast.

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Transgender youth support groups are held at headspace Lake Haven
Time 3pm – 5pm
Ages: 12 – 18 

Note: This group is specifically for those who identify as the “T” in LGBTI or those who are questioning their identity

For more information please call Corrina: phone (02) 4390 -7888
or headspace Lake Haven (02) 4394 9100




The recent marriage equality debate has already unleashed anti-LGBTI commentary and many people are feeling upset, distressed or angry. Here are some practical tips on staying strong and resilient during this time.

If social media posts become distressing for you, consider curating your feeds to help stem or block the sometimes constant barrage of hateful or divisive posts. A Facebook holiday might be in order.

It is common for LGBTI people to develop their own ‘family of choice’ as a support system of those who may have had similar experiences to their own. Reach out for
support from your family of choice or friendship networks.

When you’re upset, distressed or angry, your thinking can get exaggerated. Try replacing these kinds of thoughts with more useful, constructive ones and you may
find that this has an effect on the way you feel.

Develop a list of things to say to yourself before, during and after situations that may make you angry or frustrated. It is more helpful if these things focus on how you are managing the situation rather than what other people should be doing.

Anger and distress can leave you feeling drained and tired. Be sure you look after your body by getting sleep, eating well, staying hydrated and having
plenty of fresh air. It’s important to keep fuel in your tank.

Channel your emotions into positive action! If you’re passionate about an issue, get involved and volunteer. It’s a great way to meet other like-minded people and
you’ll feel good for knowing you are contributing to the cause.

A familiar strategy for managing anger or distress is to distract your mind from the situation. Writing about such topics can sometimes help give you some distance and perspective and help you understand your feelings. Being creative can often help too such as painting or drawing, taking up yoga or meditation etc. Unleash your creativity.

Get away for the weekend or have a break. Take a walk in the park, swim at the beach, see a movie, do whatever possible that helps soothe your mind and heart. Engage your senses!

Acknowledge that a particular issue has made you angry or distressed by admitting it to yourself and others. Telling someone that you feel angry about what is being said is more helpful than just acting out the anger and frustration.

Ask others if they’re OK, at work or at home. Check-in with your friends. Talking helps. Look out for each other.

Our community is resilient;
we have been subjected time and time again to different struggles. For younger people, this may be new and hurtful but we need to remember our communities are strong and we can face the bigotry and hatred that comes our way together.
These tips have been put together by ACON counsellors. Get in touch by calling ACON on (02) 9206 2000 or visit www.acon.org.au

ACON provides a range of counselling services for LGBTI people in need of support and assistance. Call us on (02) 9206 2000 or visit acon.org.au.
Get in contact with mental health organisations such as QLife (qlife.org.au),
Beyond Blue, SANE Australia, headspace, Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute.
You can also get advice, support and treatment for mental health issues from a range of sources including self-help books, online treatment programs (sometimes called ‘eTherapy’) or contacting your GP.



 Im Local Queer-Trans 101 Comic   

Queer & Trans 101 comic  (PDF)

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Gen Q Flyer 2017 Gosford

Useful Links

Domestic Violence

NSW Police Force encourage reports of domestic or family violence as soon as possible, further assistance is available through a Domestic Violence Liaison Officer or Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer at your local area command. In an emergency call 000.

ACON’s Anti-Violence Project
Freecall 1800 063 060


If you are feeling suicidal it is very important to seek immediate help, preferably by a mental health practitioner.

Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800Mental Health Line 1800 011 511eheadspace online counselling

Kids Helpline Ph: 1800 55 1800   www.kidshelpline.com.au
Lifeline Australia Ph: 13 11 14  www.lifeline.org.au
For urgent mental health issues call the Mental Health Line Ph: 1800 011 511 (24hrs 7 days a week)

eheadspace provides online and telephone support to young people 12 – 25 and their family and friends