Headspace Pull Out Of RU OK Day

National Youth Metal Health body Headspace has pulled out of the awareness campaign R U OK Day, following revelations that the events major sponsor Gloria Jean’s Coffees is also a major contributor to the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

In a statement on their Facebook page the organisation explained their decision,

‘Headspace supports the right of organisations such as the ACL to free speech. However, when that free speech has the potential to harm the quality of life of young people and perpetuate bigotry, inequality, fear and violence we know we have a responsibility to stand up for the rights of those whose voices are so often unheard.

‘Whilst we acknowledge the excellent work RU OK? Day and its partners have done in raising awareness about mental health issues; we have a significant level of discomfort about the relationship between RU OK? Day’s sponsor Gloria Jeans and the ACL.

‘We are particularly concerned about the comments of the ACL and its head, Mr Jim Wallace, on a range of issues including homosexuality, refugees, equal marriage and non-Christian faiths.’

Last week JOYFM broadcaster Doug Pollard highlighted on his blog curretaffairs.net.au that the Gloria Jean’s Coffees had contributed $30,000 to ACL in 2010/11.

Gloria Jean’s rival Starbucks has announced their support for marriage equality proving an alternative for coffee drinkers boycotting Gloria Jean’s Coffees.

OIP Staff