Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) is deeply saddened by the impact of bullying and discrimination on all LGBTI young people.
SSCA is grieving the loss of a precious young life and express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends effected and ask that the public respect their right to privacy.
SSCA exists because research shows that students at safe and supportive schools have better educational outcomes and are less likely to have poor mental health outcomes.
The research study, Writing Themselves In found that 75 per cent of same sex attracted young people aged between 14 and 21 years of age had experienced some form of homophobic bullying or abuse because of their sexuality, or the perception of their sexuality. 80 per cent said it was while they were at school.
Research also highlights that young LGBTI people suffer higher rates of poor mental health and suicide due to bullying and discrimination.
As a capacity building program for educators, SSCA is all about creating safer, more inclusive and supportive school environments for LGBTI young people. Research tells us that in doing so we can improve students' educational engagement and wellbeing.
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