This year’s World Mental Health Day theme of ‘Do you see what I see?’ focuses on reducing stigma and making way for more people to seek the help and support they need and deserve.
LGBTI people and communities consistently demonstrate strength and resilience in the face of adversity and discrimination. It is also well known that LGBTI people disproportionate poorer mental health outcomes than their peers. Specifically, LGBTI populations are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and psychological distress, and are at higher risk of suicidal behaviours (view Statistics at a Glance).
As the mental health outcomes for LGBTI people are directly related to experiences of discrimination and exclusion; reducing stigma on all fronts is vital to improving the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTI people and communities.
It is common that LGBTI people negotiate stigma on an almost daily basis, and campaigning during the survey on Same Sex Marriage has put LGBTI people and communities under increased pressure. Removing the barriers that affect the ability of LGBTI people to experience connection, and achieving social inclusion for LGBTI people is now more important than ever.
More than reducing stigma, the theme of ‘Do you see what I see?’ seeks to challenge perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encourages everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light.
As LGBTI people are more likely to have up close and personal experiences with mental illnesses, this task of challenging perceptions, myths and stereotypes is vitally important for our own communities. Together we can support each other in our mental health and to seek the help that we all deserve.
We would like to encourage our members and supporters to host a morning tea within your workplace or your community on the 10th of October for World Mental Health Day to raise awareness about LGBTI mental health. Invite everyone to bring a plate to share, have a cuppa, and take a moment together to consider the importance of reducing stigma around mental illness.
With lots of public discussion about the lives of LGBTI people, it is important to get support. If you need to talk, you can contact QLife 3pm to Midnight, every day of the year, from anywhere in Australia, phone 1800 184 527 or webchat qlife.org.au