headspace Bathurst will be standing proudly with the LGBTIQA+ community this Friday, as they pledge their support once more to the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Research continually shows that the LGBTIQA+ community are at greatest risk of developing mental health concerns, with young rainbow people presenting as some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
Karen Golland, Community Engagement Coordinator at headspace Bathurst, says IDAHOBIT is a day to educate and spur change in attitude and perception.
“There has been significant progress made to create a more inclusive society – which is fantastic – but we still find young rainbow people being the targets of discrimination and exclusion.”
With further research indicating that 24.4% of sexually diverse people and 36.2% of Trans Australians are experiencing depression, in comparison to the 6.8% of the general population – the need to challenge stereotypes and homophobia is evident (Beyond Blue 2013).
“IDAHOBIT is a great chance for us to celebrate our rainbow people and stand with them as proud allies.”
The role of allies has been insurmountable, particularly in recent years as they helped to campaign successfully for Marriage Equality in 2017.
“Allies are critical to the fight for equality, the breakdown of stereotypes, and creating supportive, inclusive environments.
Everyone plays a role in reducing these alarming statistics by promoting social justice and basic human rights, irrespective of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
headspace Bathurst is committed to advocating the message of IDAHOBIT day, and encourages the community to join them as they challenge exclusion and discrimination.
For media enquiries please contact:
Emily Roberts, Marathon Health Media & Communications Officer: 0428 924 523
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. headspace has 108 centres across Australia in metropolitan, regional and remote areas, as well as online and phone support services through eheadspace. headspace can help young people with mental health, physical health (including sexual health) alcohol and other drug services, and work and study support. Centre details, as well as factsheets and resources for young people and their families and friends, can be located on the headspace website: headspace.org.au
About Marathon Health
Marathon Health is a not-for-profit charity and NDIS provider, delivering high quality health and wellbeing services for county Australians. We are one of the largest providers of headspace services in Australia, with centres located in Bathurst, Canberra, Dubbo, Orange and Queanbeyan, and satellite services in Cowra and Lithgow.