HSE Rainbow Badge Initiative
The HSE Rainbow Badge is a small but powerful visual symbol to LGBTI+ people, their families and staff that the wearer offers open, non-judgmental and inclusive care and will treat them with respect. Wearing the rainbow badge signifies the person’s commitment to breaking down barriers and improving access to health care.
Mental health issues are significantly more common in young people who identify as LGBTI+, yet many feel afraid to disclose their sexual or gender identity to healthcare professionals for fear of discrimination. Many healthcare professionals feel they lack the confidence and knowledge to work with LGBTI+ young people and their families.
Events like the Pride Conference will help to break down these barriers and ensure equitable access to healthcare for LGBTI+ young people and their families in CHI and Linn Dara CAMHS.
Pride Conference 2022
HSE Rainbow Badge Initiative Pride Conference 2022 for the staff of Linn Dara Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Linn Dara Schools and Children’s Health Ireland (CHI).
Overall background of the HSE Rainbow Badge Initiative
The aims and objectives of the HSE Rainbow Badge Initiative
- Improve education to increase awareness of issues faced by LGBTI+ people and empower staff to be more inclusive in their care
- Engage with other organisations to increase awareness across the HSE
- Explore the experiences of badge wearers and patients to ensure we are breaking down barriers
The HSE Rainbow Badge was introduced to Ireland in 2019 by Linn Dara CAMHS and was launched in 2021 in CHI.
Visibility still matters; this badge signals that our staff are here to listen and support LGBTI+ young people, their families and staff. However it is more than just the badge; it’s a concept that emphasises the substance behind the symbol, with the emphasis on education for staff, taking responsibility and showing support.
Please see the attached resources to support this initiative;
- HSE Rainbow Badge Practise Guide for Healthcare Professionals
- HSE Rainbow Badge Implementation Toolkit
Healthcare delivery is advancing in meeting the needs of this vulnerable population; it is essential that all healthcare staff are supported in building their confidence and competence in a sensitive and empowering way. When staff are supported, they in turn support young people and families in accessing the healthcare they need.