Sexuality and gender can be a big part of who we are and can be a huge source of confusion, worry and stress for a lot of people. For some people, they know and feel certain about their gender and/ or their sexuality whereas for others it may not be as clear. It’s ok to not be sure about either your sexuality or gender. It can take time to fully understand your thoughts and feelings. For others it will be clear but may still cause worry or stress. Whilst we hope that the world is becoming a more understanding and accepting place, we know that coming out or sharing thoughts and feelings about your gender or sexuality may be a source of real worry, doubt, confusion or stress.
Our service wants to support anyone of any gender (however they self-identify) and anyone of any sexual orientation (however they identify) to be happy, healthy and comfortable in their own skin.
We know that young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are more at risk of developing mental health difficulties so it is important to us that our young people know they will be listened to, respected and accepted.
Hampshire CAMHS is also proud to be a part of the NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme.
The Rainbow Badge initiative gives healthcare staff a way to show that their place of work offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for all who identify as LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, the + simply means inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves).
When you see one of our staff members wearing a Rainbow NHS Badge, this means that they have completed specialist training in LGBTQ+ suicide and self-harm prevention.
The Rainbow Badge is a visual symbol identifying its wearer as someone who any LGBTQ+ person can feel comfortable talking to about issues relating to sexuality or gender identity. It shows that the wearer is there to listen without judgement and signpost to further support if needed.