In Australia and across the world, it is estimated that 2–3% of young people identify as transgender and/or gender diverse (trans).

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The number of trans young people and their families seeking access to gender affirming medical services rises each year. This is attributed to a growing acceptance from parents, doctors and peers about gender diversity. Increasing levels of media visibility, social policy improvements, and some level of protection in anti-discrimination legislation has created a supportive environment for young people to disclose their feelings and seek support. Despite some being able to access care, many trans youth face discrimination, bullying, and barriers to care resulting in one of the highest rates of suicide attempts and depression in Australian society.

Substantial evidence points to what helps trans young people fare better with their mental health and wellbeing. It includes school, family and peer support, and timely access to gender affirming treatment.

This is why the work of Transcend Australia is so vital, as family support is one of the main protective factors for ensuring trans young people experience better health outcomes.

We understand that families need support to navigate complex health care pathways and to manage a range of emerging issues in their lives that relates to the experiences.

If you need to speak to someone urgently, call Lifeline↗ 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline↗ 1800 551 800.