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ENHANCING E-SAFETY AND COMMUNITY CONNECTION FOR LGBTIQA+ YOUNG PEOPLE
Peer support is a form of support that involves using our own experiences to help others. This can take many forms, such as participating in LGBTIQ+ support groups, seeking out one-on-one support from friends, or connecting with others through online support services. Peer support can be a powerful way to feel connected and find strength in the experiences and insights of others. It can be a valuable resource for those facing online abuse or other challenges.
The experience of online abuse can be different for everyone, and the emotions it elicits can range from annoyance to devastation. It is common to feel a range of emotions, including anger, humiliation, embarrassment, overwhelm, or depression. Whatever you are feeling, it is important to acknowledge and validate your emotions and to find healthy ways to cope with them. Remember that you are not alone and that there is support available to help you through this difficult time.
Research has shown that online abuse can have significant negative impacts on those who experience it. Many people report experiencing high levels of distress, and the abuse can affect their self-esteem, mental health, physical well-being, and relationships with friends, family, and intimate partners. It is important to remember that you are not alone and that there is help and support available to help you cope with the effects of online abuse.
If you have experienced online abuse, it is important to remember that it is not your fault and that you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help. It can be helpful to reach out to friends, supportive family members, and the wider LGBTIQA+ community for support and assistance. There are also many resources and organizations that can provide additional support and guidance. Remember to take care of yourself and seek help if you need it.
Tell a friend
Speaking with someone who has gone through a similar experience can be a powerful way to realise that you are not alone. Sharing your story with someone who understands what you have been through can help to lift your mood and create a significant shift in your perspective on negative online experiences. Connecting with others and sharing your experiences can be a powerful way to find support and healing.
Find peer support networks
There are numerous LGBTIQA+ support groups on social media that can be a helpful resource for people of diverse genders and sexualities. You can search for a group that feels right for you or ask a friend for recommendations. There are also many LGBTIQA+ support services available across Australia that can provide additional help and support. Remember that you are not alone and that there are people and resources available to help you through this difficult time.
Find your LGBTIQA+ community
The importance of community connection cannot be understated. Connecting with a community of like-minded individuals can significantly improve your mental health and provide opportunities for a fulfilling life. In addition to the personal benefits, participating in and supporting your community can also help to strengthen and sustain the organisations and resources that serve it. Don’t underestimate the value of being part of a supportive community.
If you are in need of support, there are many LGBTIQA+ community networks and support services available across Australia that you can reach out to for help. These resources can provide a supportive and inclusive environment, and offer a variety of services and support to meet your needs. You can find more information about these services on the ABC Queer and LGBTIQA+ support services page. Remember that you don’t have to go through difficult times alone, and there are people and resources available to help you.
Be a supporter
There are many ways you can support others who may be going through similar experiences with online abuse. You can share your own personal experiences and offer understanding and empathy, join or create a support group, or learn more about how to effectively support and help friends or family members who are dealing with adult cyber abuse. Remember, you don’t have to go through these challenges alone, and there are resources and people available to help you and those around you.