Wear it Purple

18th August 2016 - headspace Bathurst’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) social group, SPECTRUM, is hosting a morning tea at headspace Bathurst on Friday 26th August for Wear It Purple Day.

Wear it Purple is a day of celebration for the LGBTIQA+ community that aims to raise awareness of the challenges they face in the broader community and celebrate the support offered to this group by allied organisations.

The morning tea will commence at 10:30am at the headspace Bathurst centre with attendees from headspace Bathurst’s Youth Reference Group, SPECTRUM, Marathon Health and the Bathurst Police Force. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple.

Wear it Purple's vision is to see the wellbeing of rainbow young people become equal to their peers.headspace Bathurst’s target age of 12 to 25 years is identified as a critical period in the development of a person’s identity, when uncertainty and questions of gender identity or sexual preference are asked.

"When dealing with the development of a young person’s identity, it is so important that we nurture and support them through any possible hardships they may face. As a community it is essential that we gather together and send the message that we care about our rainbow young people and their needs are as important as their peers," comments Karen Golland,headspace Bathurst Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator.

"We are giving our community the opportunity to visibly support Bathurst’s LGBTIQA+ youth by holding this morning tea and wearing purple." Golland said.

According to the Young and Well’s Growing Up Queer report young people of diverse sexuality, sex and gender who have experienced physical and verbal abuse are documented to have fared worse on significant health and wellbeing indicators than other young people who had not. Many also face particular pressures in their interactions with family, peers and within learning environments, displaying a higher vulnerability to depression, homelessness and drug use.

1 http://www.glhv.org.au/files/Growing_Up_Queer2014.pdf

For more information regarding Wear it Purple or SPECTRUM LGBTIQA+ Social Group, speak to Karen Golland at headspace Bathurst.

If you are having a tough time, visit the headspace Bathurst centre on Havannah St, contact the centre on (02) 6338 1100, or visit www.eheadspace.org.au.

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About headspace:

The primary focus of headspace is the mental health and wellbeing of young Australians. headspace helps 12 – 25 year olds going through a tough time through a national network of over 80 headspace centres. headspace also offers online and telephone counselling services through eheadspace. headspace can help young people with general health, mental health, education and employment and alcohol and other drug services. headspace was established and funded by the Commonwealth Government of Australia in 2006. Visit headspace.org.au to find a headspace centre or access help.

headspace Bathurst media contact: Anna Arrow, Media Manager, Marathon Health 6333 2800 or 0419 470 466