Health

'Health' can mean a lot of different things - how you think and feel, how fit you are physically, how you look after yourself every day. In this section we try to provide information on a broad range of Health issues - if there is something you would like to know more about, or something you feel should be included here, please contact us.


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Coming Out
'Coming Out', and how...

Sexual Health
What is Sexual Health?

STI Information
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI's)

Clinics, Screenings and Helplines
Links, contact numbers and information for STI Clinics and sexual health organisations.

Frequently Asked Questions
These are FAQ's which come up regularly, around health and mental health issues.

Homophobic Bullying in Schools
LGBT young people (or those perceived to be) are often subjected to harassment and bullying in school.

Mental Health
Our mental health is just as important to our well-being as our physical health. Stress and isolation can damage our mental health and we all need support during tough times. Talking to others about your problems is good for your mental health and can help you identify solutions. If you call the LGBT Helpline, our volunteers are trained to listen to you and provide you with support. They won't tell you what to do but if you wish they can signpost you to mental health support services.

Family & Friends
The family and friends of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender may also need support and information. LGBT Helpline volunteers are trained to listen and provide support to the family and friends of LGBT people. This includes the spouses/partners and children of people in heterosexual relationships who come out.

Harassment and Violence
Homophobic or transphobic harassment and violence against LGBT people are crimes and if you are the victim of such a crime you can report it to An Garda Síochána. If you call the LGBT Helpline, our volunteers will listen and provide you with support if you have been the victim of a homophobic or transphobic crime.

Older LGBT People
While Ireland is now becoming much more inclusive of LGBT people, older LGBT people grew up in a time when being gay was criminalized and pathologised. Despite this, many older LGBT people developed huge resilience and strength of spirit. However, older LGBT people can face specific challenges and have certain fears as they age.

Parenting
While there are no official figures on the number of LGBT headed families living in Ireland, we know that many LGBT people are parents and that increasing numbers of LGBT people are planning to become parents through variety of pathways. Here we provide information on Assisted Human Reproductive (AHR) services, information on Fostering and Adoption, and links to information and support for LGBT parents.

Domestic Abuse
The following information is taken from an information campaign on Domestic Abuse in LGBT relationships entitled "Are You?", launched on 30th May 2014 in conjunction with Cosc and with the support of the HSE NE.

27 Jun 2016 - New Resource for Trans Youth!

Coming Soon: Our brand-new "Young Trans People Talking" booklet


27 Jun 2016 - Dundalk LGBT Pride 2016

It's nearly here! 14-17 July!


27 Jun 2016 - Dublin Pride 2016

Thanks to all who joined our float!


27 Jun 2016 - NEWS UPDATE!

Click here for what's been keeping us busy


19 Feb 2016 - NEW Publications Page

Due to ongoing demand, we've finally uploaded our publications (old and new) onto our site. Check out it out through our 'Services' tab.


09 Feb 2016 - Safer Internet Day 2016

Tuesday 9th Feb 2016 is Safer Internet Day. Outcomers is taking part by re-launching our LGBT anti-cyberbullying e-book online: click on this news link for more information!