UNIVERSITY of New England’s Tiffany Jones has helped break down gender mental health issues with the launch of the From Blues to Rainbows report.
The report was unveiled in Melbourne last month and gave insight to the mental health and wellbeing of gender diversity and transgender youths.
Dr Jones worked alongside with researchers from La Trobe University.
“Armidale young people aged 14 to 25 were among many who took part in the survey that gave vision for the projec,” Dr Jones said.
According to La Trobe University, half of the participants had been diagnosed with depression and two thirds had experienced verbal abuse
Dr Jones found through the current and previous studies for Armidale to be a standout in support with groups such as Gender Sexual Minorities Alliance at the University of New England.
“It’s interesting because across a couple of studies I have done recently, I have to say Armidale has got a very good rap compared to other rural areas and stands out as one of the rural towns that has got some gay and transgender visibility,” she said.
“I think it’s because of organisations like GSMA - I think they are doing a great job.
“It makes a really big difference to the young people to see people about the town being supportive and know [they can be part] of the community,” she said.
“It probably impacts how their parents think as well to be in that kind of environment.”
Beyondblue endorsed and helped fund the project.