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Family and individual support for gender diverse and transgender children and young people.

Mermaids is passionate about supporting children, young people, and their families to achieve a happier life in the face of great adversity. We work to raise awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public. We campaign for the recognition of gender dysphoria in young people and call for improvements in professional services.

We work to:
1. Reduce isolation and loneliness for gender variant and transgender children, young people and their families.
2. Empower families and young people with the tools they need to negotiate the education and health services.
3. Reduce suicidality and self-harm in the young people who contact Mermaids, equip their parents to support their children to the same end.
4. Improve self-esteem and social functioning in gender variant and transgender children, young people.
5. Improve awareness, understanding and practices of GP’s, CAMHS, Social Services and other professionals.

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