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LGBTQ+ young people’s digital peer support for mental health

Social media Peer mentoring Mental health promotion Mental health Intersectionality LGBTIQ+ Australia

This report presents findings from a national survey and interviews with LGBTQ+ young people, aged 16-25 years, about digital peer support for mental health. For this study, digital peer support comprises informal, digital and social media engagement with friends and peers. Findings, drawn from the experiences of 674 young participants, demonstrate how LGBTQ+ young people support each other in ways that families, schools, and health practitioners cannot.

Taking a strengths-based approach to LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences, this study engages participants as digital peer support experts. Research that centres LGBTQ+ young people’s digital cultures can expand current understandings of their support needs and practices and enrich current healthcare practices, strategies, and policies. This report offers insight into what digital peer support means to LGBTQ+ young people and how mental health is negotiated – personally and collectively, through digital media.


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