WayOut is about to commence its Term 3 program schedule with a range of exciting new groups. The program, funded by the Department of Health & Human Services, aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender diverse young people in the Macedon Ranges.

During Term 3 WayOut will be facilitating the social group, House of Awesome and two new additions to the schedule – a parent support group for families with trans and gender diverse children and a social group specifically for trans and gender diverse young people. All events are free and located in Kyneton or Woodend, commencing on Monday 1 August.

Same sex attracted and gender diverse young people in regional Victoria have higher rates of depression and anxiety than heterosexual peers. Research funded by mental health peak bodies such as beyond blue demonstrates a need to increase awareness of discrimination in the community which can have a profound impact on the mental health of a young person, influence a person’s sense of physical safety, inclusion, and community and family support. Young people who do not experience sexuality/gender based discrimination are significantly more likely to feel safe in all facets of their lives, have increased feelings of self-worth and feel a stronger sense of community connectedness.

“WayOut continues to make a significant difference in the lives of young people in our area. The program achieves this through the organisation of community events, providing training to services locally and creating social opportunities that empower young people to have control over their own health outcomes”, said Margaret McDonald, Cobaw CEO.

For further details about WayOut’s Term 3 schedule of events please contact Cobaw on (03) 5421 6666 or complete the form on the Contact Us page.