Burying your feelings can lead to poor mental health (Photo: DanielReche | Pixabay | CC0)
Australian LGBTI groups have come together to create an invaluable self care resource that is useful for any LGBTI people.
The groups released the resource ahead of the upcoming debate in federal parliament on religious discrimination.
community groups supporting lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and queer people have released a self care resource.
The resource provides advice on how to limit the negative impact of the anticipated culture wars-style public debate on LGBTI people, especially those of faith.
‘Switchboard Victoria experienced firsthand, during the 2017 postal survey, how an open-ended public debate on our human rights detrimentally affects the mental health of our communities,’ said Joe Ball, CEO of Switchboard Victoria, one of the groups that created the resource.
‘The level of harm experienced during the marriage postal survey is why we have designed this infographic that promotes self care and joined with Equality Australia and the LGBTI Health Alliance to distribute this important resource.’
Some of the tips included staying off social media, looking after others and getting outdoors.
‘The LGBTIQ+ community is rightly fearful about conservative religious groups agitating hard to wind back our hard-won protections from discrimination,’ said Lee Carnie, director of Legal Advocacy at Equality Australia.
‘We know that our community is one that fights for what is right and supports each other. The decade-long movement for marriage equality is a prime example of that.
Carnie added: ‘We’re now facing the next battle for LGBTIQ+ equality, and this important resource is about reminding people to take care of themselves when they’re repeatedly being exposed to toxic or hateful posts online.’