Don’t let the marriage debate get you down

The WA AIDS Council have been given additional funding to support LGBTI people who feel their mental health is being affected by the debate surrounding the marriage survey.

With funding to deliver additional services from September through to November 2017, support is available in the form of telephone counselling on 1800 671 130 and face-to-face counselling at the WA AIDS Council in West Perth.

You can also access online chat support via their webpage. These services will be available during business hours, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

The WA AIDS Council strongly encourages all members of the LGBTIQ+ community, as well as their loved ones, to get in contact if you are feeling negatively affected during this time.

You can also access support via QLife, a counselling and referral service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people. Call 1800 184 527 to get in touch with the Q-Life team.

Alternatively you can also access Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit the website of beyondblue.

The Australian Psychological Society have also released two resources, the first is a guide on how to talk about the marriage debate and postal survey with children, while the second resource focuses on supporting adult discussions.

Plus, read this guide on how to protect your family from hateful speech. It was put together by OUTinPerth contributor and local psychologist Colin Longworth.

OIP Staff

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