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An open letter from Mermaids on World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September 2019 Change now to save transgender children from suicide Mermaids has been supporting transgender children and young people for nearly 25 years. We know that there is nothing more devastating than the loss of a child or young person to suicide. We see, first hand, the terrible psychological trauma suffered by some of our service users because they live in a society that seems unable or unwilling to understand and accept them. Overall, the number of suicides in the UK fell between 2017-2018 but the number of under…

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Today we received support from international actress, model and human rights campaigner, Jameela Jamil. She posted a heartfelt video on her Instagram and already the video has had a massive response with positive comments flooding in! It comes after other worldwide names gave their support to our charity. Harry and Megan have shown their support for us, calling the work we do “Amazing” A spokesman for the Royal Foundation said: “Mermaids are one of a number of important organisations who are working on the frontline to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people in Britain.” You can read more about this here!…

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Our Statement on the Scottish GRA Response Susie Green, CEO of Mermaids said:‘While we are supportive of the Scottish Government’s plans to simplify the process of getting a Gender Recognition Certificate, we are extremely disappointed to find that recognition for under 18s and non-binary people is not intended to be included in the bill promised to be published by the end of this year.  ‘It seems a contradiction for a government to respect the ability of 16- and 17-year-olds to vote, while restricting their right to express who they are.’ ‘We are also dismayed at the continuing lack of recognition for non-binary…

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The Royal College of GP’s has put out a new position statement on trans healthcare so we asked our Policy and Engagement Officer, Natasha Handley to take a look at it.  Hello everyone. Natasha here, the Policy and Engagement Officer for Mermaids! Today a really important document was published by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) regarding the role of GPs and how they care for gender-questioning and transgender patients. The first half of this new document is a relatively in-depth summary of the difficulties transgender people face in accessing medical care, and it reflects what many of our service users…

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This year, for Volunteer’s Week, we’ve asked our amazing volunteers to share what giving up their time for Mermaids means to them! We have a very diverse range of volunteers ranging from LGBT activists, to parents and former service users. Together they work so hard to provide our vital services, such as the helpline and forums, to everyone who needs them. If you’d like to become a volunteer for Mermaids, click here to find out more! Our trustees are amazing LGBT rights champions who love to get involved with supporting our service users! Some of our most dedicated volunteers have themselves been…

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Last week, Phoebe Waller-Bridge revealed in an interview on the American network, NPR that she ‘desperately wanted to be a boy’ when she was younger. Cue the inevitable reaction from certain members of the press. Within hours, articles appeared implying the actress and writer was lucky to have grown up before the days of trans awareness because…well…she would have been forced to take medication and identify as a boy for the rest of her life against her will, right? One of our young people, Sarah, wanted to explain that, then as now, it’s actually just about exploring who you are and there’s…

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