We know it can be tough to live as a person that identifies as same sex attracted or sex and gender diverse. BCHS offers a range of health and wellbeing services to support people from the LGBTIQ+ community.

What does LGBTIQ+ stand for?

LGBTIQ+ is the recognised term to collectively refer to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer.

It encompasses people who are same sex attracted or sex and gender diverse.  

How do you know if you are LGBTIQ+?

How do I access counselling?

If you feel there are challenges in your life that you are struggling to deal with, it’s important to know you are not alone. Many people feel this way when faced with difficult situations or life pressures.

It’s important if you, a family member, friend or work colleague are feeling fragile, alone, stressed, conflicted, sad or vulnerable to seek help.

Our qualified counsellors are here to listen, answer your questions and guide you. People aged 12 to 25 can also access headspace Bendigo.

If you’re aged between 12 and 25 we can support you

headspace Bendigo has a dedicated same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse support worker.

The Health Equal Youth (HEY) Project worker engages at an individual, group and community level to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young LGBTIQ+ people in the region.

headspace Bendigo and the HEY Project achieve these aims by providing a safe space for young people to meet, socialise and gain peer support on a weekly basis, and by delivering education and health promotion to organisations, including schools and health services, to raise awareness of the impacts of discrimination and isolation on young LGBTIQ+ people.  

Find our more about headspace Bendigo by clicking on the live link at the start of this section.

Are there support groups for young people from the LGBTIQ+ community?

Support groups can help you understand you’re not alone and there are other people going through similar things. They enable you to work through your issues with an empathetic group, share stories and solutions. Ultimately, support groups build a network to help you live your life.

headspace Bendigo runs a weekly diversity group for people aged 12 to 25.

The group is also open to friends and allies, aged 12 to 25. 

Although primarily for LGBTIQ+ people, the group welcomes any young person who may not be comfortable in the main stream. The group provides a safe space where people can be themselves, meet others, have some fun and participate in community activities that celebrate diversity.

For more information about support groups at headspace

Do you have support groups for family or carers of gender diverse young people?

headspace Bendigo hosts a support group for parents and carers of transgender, gender diverse and gender questioning young people.

Many parents and carers can feel isolated and alone on their journey of understanding and supporting their child's gender identity.

This group provides a safe and confidential environment for you to meet other parents and carers, share experiences, hear from guest speakers and learn more about health, legal and social topics relevant to transgender and gender diverse young people and their families.

To attend or find out more information about the group email headspace Bendigo on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Pall Mall site on 5434 5345. 

Sexual health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

Sexual health plays a big part in your overall health. Things can go wrong, we get it. So instead of waiting until things get worse, get checked now. Our service is free and confidential. We want you to be well and healthy so please don’t be shy.

To find out more or make a booking with our sexual health clinic.

Do you offer meningococcal C and hepatitis vaccines?

Yes, definitely. Besides all the sexual and general health services offered through the clinic we can provide the free meningococcal C and Hepatitis vaccines. Please call us on (03) 5448 1600 for more information on these.

If you have other health concerns

I need to talk to someone

I’m not coping, my family doesn’t understand and I need help. We can help talk it through and come up with strategies to help you with the situation. Sometimes all you need is an objective ear to listen and guide you. To make an appointment with us call 5406 1200 and ask to speak with an intake worker for generalist counselling.

If you are aged 12-25 call headspace Bendigo on 5434 5345.  

Medical practice

We offer a full medical practice for all your GP needs at our Bendigo, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat sites. Whether it’s related to being LGTBIQ or just general medical issues, we have GPs on staff that can help.

Phone 5406 1200 to book an appointment at our Eaglehawk, Bendigo or Kangaroo Flat sites.

Alcohol and other drugs

Alcohol, illicit and prescription drugs can cause problems in your life. It can feel like you need them to cope, but then they start taking over. We offer a range of services that can help you

To access our Alcohol and Other Drugs services call our Kangaroo Flat site on 5406 1200.

I need more support, what other services are available?

QLife

QLife is a national counselling and referral service for people from the LGBTIQ+ community. QLife provides early intervention and peer support phone and web-based services for all ages.

Learn more about QLife

Rainbow network

The Rainbow Network is a central information point for young same sex attracted, intersex, tarns and gender diverse young people. The network developed youth groups and partnerships between agencies and schools to empower young people to participate in activities, decision making and community development.

Learn more about the Rainbow Network

Safe Schools Victoria

Safe Schools Victoria runs the Safe Schools program to help schools create a safe and inclusive environment that is supportive of all LGBTI students.

Learn more about Safe Schools Victoria

Safe Schools Coalitition Australia

Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national network for groups working with schools to establish safe and inclusive environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.

Learn more about the Safe Schools Coalition Australia

Transgender Victoria

Transgender Victoria was founded to achieve justice, equity and quality health and service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.

Learn more about Transgender Victoria

Minus 18

Minus 18 provides mental health and peer mentoring support to same sex attracted and gender diverse young people.

Learn more about Minus 18

LGBTI National Health Alliance

The LGBTI National Health Alliance is Australia’s peak body for organisations and people that deliver health programs, services and research for the LGBTI community. 

Learn more about the LGBTI National Health Alliance

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria is a LGBTI health and wellbeing policy and resource unit committed to the quality of care offered to the community.

Learn more about the Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria

beyondblue

beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Learn more about beyondblue

Lifeline

Lifeline provides all Australians no matter their age with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Learn more about Lifeline

ReachOut

ReachOut is Australia's leading online mental health organisation for young people. ReachOut provides practical support for young people to get through everything from everyday issues to tough times.

Learn more about ReachOut

Where do I get support for my family member or friend that is LGTBIQ?

You may wonder if your child, family member or friend identifies as LGBTIQ+. It can be quite confusing and confronting as their support person. Here we offer some information that might help.

If you’re in doubt, or need some support get in touch with us on 5448 1600 or call headspace Bendigo if you are aged 12 to 25 on 5434 5345 to arrange a free and confidential session to discuss your concerns.

What issues is my loved one facing?

Confronting same-sex attracted or gender diverse identity issues can be challenging for your loved one and for you as their support person.

Some of the things they might be facing are

Being same-sex attracted or gender diverse on its own is not a cause of mental health issues.

If you have any concerns around issues please call us on 5406 1200 or call headspace Bendigo if you are aged 12 to 25 on 5434 5345 to arrange a free and confidential session to discuss your concerns.

Page last updated: September 2019.