The need we have identified...
Many young people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, particularly those in regional or rural areas, experience isolation. The absence of visible positive role models, lack of access to reliable information and difficulty in forming supportive social networks leads to increased risk factors and poorer health outcomes. Available online chat forums are not always appropriate
As a 15 year old caller from regional NSW said on the Twenty10 support line:
"I'm sure that when I'm older I'll meet great people. But I just want to meet someone my own age who is like me now. It's really lonely out here and I can't take it any longer."
Too often young people think that moving to an urban centre, away from family, is the only option available to them.
The plan we have...
We want to expand our website to have members-only user-generated content for young people where young people and staff can interact safely. The expansion will also include forums for service providers to share information and best practice.
Face-to-face events will provide a chance to move beyond the virtual world.
How you can help...
$95 provides a one-hour counselling session for a young person
$1 000 creates a set of tip sheets on relevant mental health issues
$60 000 employs a Counsellor
$90 000 employs a Clinical Psychologist
Write to your local member of Parliament and ask them to support a specialised mental health program for young people of diverse genders and sexualities.
The vision we are working towards...
Young people and service providers feel connected & supported wherever they are.
Young people able to learn about safe online networking skills to use on other sites.
Innovation and use of new technology enables Twenty10 to grow beyond Sydney in a sustainable and appropriate way.