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Local hospitals support IDAHoBIT Day with flag raising ceremony

Local hospitals support IDAHoBIT Day with flag raising ceremony

Royal Perth and Bentley Hospitals marked International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT) last week with a flag raising ceremony. Health Minister Roger Cook and federal WA senator Louise Pratt were in attendance to do the honours of raising the flag at the Bentley campus. Earlier this year the mental health inpatient services […]

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Mental health services get rainbow tick of approval

Mental health services get rainbow tick of approval

Health Minister Roger Cook has announced that the mental health services at Royal Perth and Bentley hospitals have been awarded the rainbow tick indicating they are inclusive of the LGBTIQ+ community. They are the first public health providers in Australia to achieve the accreditation. “I am pleased to announce that the mental health inpatient services […]

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Telethon Kids seek young people to help inform mental health research

Telethon Kids seek young people to help inform mental health research

Telethon Kids Institute’s Youth Mental Health team are looking for a diverse group of young people to help develop research into the mental health of LGBTIQ+ youth. The organisation is calling for LGBTIQ+ people between the ages of 12 and 25 to have their say about mental health in the LGBTIQ+ community. The team will […]

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What you as an LGBTI person can do to improve your mental health

What you as an LGBTI person can do to improve your mental health

Seeing the recent report in OUTinPerth about the study looking at the impact of the Marriage Equality debate on the mental health of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people got me thinking about what we as individual members of the LGBTI+ community can do to deal with the impacts of “Minority Stress” and the loneliness that […]

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How to help our introverted friends & folks with anxiety survive Fringe World

How to help our introverted friends & folks with anxiety survive Fringe World

It’s the largest annual event in WA and the third largest Fringe in the world! 31 days of comedy, circus, arts, and cabaret. Where the city center swells with performers and punters. Frivolity, Pop-Up bars, laughter… and… people… absolutely… everywhere. While most of us are either performing, out supporting friends gigs or meticulously planning our […]

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Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Study highlights effects of marriage debate on LGBTI+ mental health

Psychologists at the University of Sydney have released the results of a study that examined psychological distress experienced by LGBTI+ people during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in 2017. The study showed that the overall stigma experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual people during the debate was a source of stress, but also resilience […]

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What can I do if I’m worried about a loved one’s mental health?

What can I do if I’m worried about a loved one’s mental health?

Having conversations about the mental health and wellbeing of people we care about can be hard. Sometimes we might be worried about someone that we love. We might see them acting differently from how they usually do, maybe they have spoken with us before about their mental health, or we might just a get a […]

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Podcast ‘Queer to Air’ explores mental health organisation Headspace

Podcast ‘Queer to Air’ explores mental health organisation Headspace

The Freedom Centre’s new podcast Queer to Air is releasing one episode each day of Pridefest. In today’s episode, Freedom Centre coordinator Bryan Stewart chats to Annabeth Bateman from mental health organisation Headspace. Annabeth outlines what services Headspace provides for young people in the area of mental health. All the episodes of the series be […]

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Don’t Wanna Be All Bi Myself: Mental health & the bisexual+ community

Don’t Wanna Be All Bi Myself: Mental health & the bisexual+ community

They say don’t talk about politics or religion in polite company. I wish that meant Scott Morrison would STFU. But it feels like the real subjects we’re not allowed to talk about are sexuality and mental health. The bisexual+ community’s levels of psychological distress are well reported here, and while I can’t draw a line […]

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LGBTIQ+ Visibility: You can’t be what you can’t see

LGBTIQ+ Visibility: You can’t be what you can’t see

Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend the recent 2nd Annual Australian Ally Conference at Curtin University, and to facilitate a workshop about Lateral Hostility within the LGBTIQ+ community. Each conference session that I attended was totally different from the last, and presented a perspective that was specific to the lenses and experiences of that […]

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