Report: LGBTQ+ young people’s peer support for mental health

Our project report based on research with 674 LGBTQ+ young people in Australia is now available, offering insight into what digital peer support means to LGBTQ+ young people, and how mental health is negotiated, both personally and collectively, through digital media.

The report presents findings from a national survey and interviews with LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 years. For this study, digital peer support comprises informal, digital and social media engagement with friends and peers. Findings 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, participants are engaged as digital peer support experts. Centring LGBTQ+ young people’s digital cultures is central to this study’s goal to enrich current healthcare practices, strategies, and policies relating to LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health.

You can download the full report HERE.

Interview participants sought

The LGBTQ+ young people, mental health and digital peer support project is seeking to interview staff and volunteers who work with LGBTQ+ young people in Australia.

Participants may work within the LGBTQ+ youth support sector in Australia, or may have a role within an organisation or local community group in which they support LGBTQ+ young people.

We seek to interview people from a range of organisations, communities and locations, so please get in touch if interested, and please share this notice to your networks.

See here for more about this study or email

LGBTQA+ young people sought for INQYR research advisory group

The Australian Regional Network of INQYR (International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience) invites LGBTQA+ young people, 14-21 years, to join the team’s Advisory Group.

INQYR is a research partnership that aims to connect researchers, service providers, and LGBTQA+ young people to collaboratively conduct technology-focussed research on resilience and wellbeing in LGBTQA+ young people, through regional networks in Canada, US, UK, Mexico and Australia.

The Advisory Group will oversee and provide input to research activities of the Australian Regional Network, working alongside community stakeholders. Members will be invited to attend 2-3 meetings a year and will be paid for their attendance.

To register your interest, please answer some quick questions HERE

You can find out more about INQYR here, and you can see who’s part of the Australian Regional Network here.

Please email Paul Byron ( if you have any questions.

Interview participants sought: LGBTQ+ young people 16-25 years, living in Australia

Last year we conducted a survey of LGBTQ+ young people (16-25 years) in Australia. We’ve been following this up with interviews, and we’re seeking more participants.

Interviews will be conducted online (via Zoom) in August/September 2021. Interviews will run for up to 1 hour and will be audio-recorded. Participation will be anonymous and you will receive a shopping voucher valued at $50 for your contribution.

Places are limited, so please register HERE soon if interested.

Registering involves completing a 1-minute questionnaire asking for details of age, location, gender, sexual identity/orientation, cultural identity/background, and disability. This is to ensure we get a diverse range of participants.

Email Paul on if you have any questions.

Project Report: LGBTQ+ young people, COVID-19, & service provision in Australia

This month we released early findings from our national survey of 660 LGBTQ+ young people (16-25 years) that ran from August-November 2020. While the survey asked a range of questions relating to mental health, social media, and peer support, this report focuses on questions asked about COVID-19 and associated lockdowns, and how these impacted survey participants. We consider these data alongside interviews conducted with Twenty10 staff and volunteers in late 2020.

We report on 5 questions asked of survey participants in relation to COVID-19, alongside data from 11 interviews with Twenty10 staff and volunteers who support LGBTQ+ young people in NSW. As a result of COVID-19, Twenty10 suspended drop-in services in 2020, and developed new ways to support young people, including the development of a Discord server. Staff and volunteers report on the challenges of LGBTQ+ youth service delivery during a pandemic, and discuss the needs for the LGBTQ+ support sector into the future.

We hope the report is valuable to LGBTQ+ service providers, communities, and researchers, here and abroad. This project was also designed to support Twenty10, as our research partner, and was funded by the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney.

Many thanks to all survey and interview participants for sharing their experiences. The report can be found HERE.

Social Impact grant

From a Social Impact Grant received from the UTS Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion in 2020, we have added questions to our national survey of LGBTQ+ young people regarding their experiences of COVID-19 ‘lockdowns’ and how this may have impacted mental health support. We will also interview staff and volunteers from Twenty10, as partner organisation for this grant. This research will be undertaken by Paul Byron (UTS), Kerry Robinson (WSU), Cristyn Davies (USyd) and Sab D’Souza (UTS). The survey will be launched this month.