HSE Rainbow Badge

HSE Rainbow Badge Logo

About this project

The Rainbow Badge is all about HSE core values. It champions inclusive, open and non-judgemental care, workplaces and environments for those that identify as LGBTI+.

To mark LGBTQ Pride Dublin Festival, HSE Linn Dara Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service have launched an initiative to promote a positive message of inclusion for LGBTI+ young people, families and colleagues. Staff from Linn Dara CAMHS have been signing up to wear a specially designed HSE Rainbow badge to show support for those that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/trans+, intersex or who do not identify as heterosexual or male/female.

When staff sign up to the initiative, they are provided with information about the challenges LGBTI+ people and families can face and are given details on how they can offer support or how they can seek additional support should that be required.

Why it is happening/What are the benefits

Increased awareness of the issues surrounding LGBTI+ young people when accessing healthcare on the part of HSE Staff can make a significant difference to LGBTI+ peoples experiences and, in turn on their physical and mental health.

Simple visual symbols, such as Rainbow Badge, can make a big difference for those unsure of both themselves, and of the reception they will receive if they disclose their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Wearers may be the first person someone has ever felt confident enough to open up to about how they feel. For them it may be one of the most important moments of their life, and how you respond to it is something they will remember.

The badges aren’t something designed to prompt disclosures, but they may prompt a person to disclose information about their own sexuality or gender identity, perhaps for the first time. Wearing a badge doesn’t mean you have all the answers but most importantly you should be prepared to listen and signpost to relevant information / supports.

Who delivers it

Staff of Linn Dara CAMHS

By choosing to wear the HSE Rainbow Badge, you’re sending a message that people can approach and talk to you. You aren’t expected to know all the answers to all their issues and concerns, but you’re there to listen and will signpost to further support if required.

The negative effects of stigmatisation, harassment and discrimination on LGBTI+ people is termed Minority Stress and Linn Dara is committed to improving the health of LGBTI+ young people by cultivating an environment that is safe, supportive and inclusive for all those that use or work in its services including those that identify as LGBTI+.

How staff earn a Rainbow Badge

It’s about proactively promoting inclusion within Linn Dara CAMHS and throughout our work. This is done by –

Making a pledge about how the wearer will be an effective LGBTI+ ally

Attend a presentation and/or read the information and support material on the Approved Centre shared drive

Understanding what to do if you think a situation requires escalation

Contact details

Mike Healy – Assistant Director of Nursing

Nicole Barrett – Clinical Specialist Dietitian

Jane Kennedy – Advanced Nurse Practitioner

ac.linndaracamhs@hse.ie

Phone: 01 795 6500

Resources​

https://twitter.com/RainbowNHSBadge