More support for LGBTI community ahead of marriage equality survey
The Mental Health Commission has boosted funding for the WA AIDS Council by $30,000 to increase awareness and support to people that may be experiencing harm, discrimination or distress ahead of the Australian Marriage Law Postal survey
This adds to more than $360,000 worth of support services operating across the State which are specifically focussed on the needs of LGBTI individuals. All Mental Health Commission funded services are required to deliver services that are accessible and sensitive to the needs of LGBTI people.
LGBTI people have been identified as an at-risk population in the WA Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug Services Plan 2015-2025 and beyondblue reports the mental health of LGBTI people is among the poorest of all Australians.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Mental Health Roger Cook said the process had already created a situation we always wanted to avoid - where many in the LGBTI community are being forced to experience a hurtful and cruel campaign.
"We are sending an important signal over the coming months that it's okay to seek help and there is extra support available,” he said.
For immediate support, you can call beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for 24/7 free counselling, QLife (3pm – 12am) on 1800 184 527 or Lifeline in a crisis situation on 13 11 14. There are also live chat and online forums available, or you can visit your GP for support.
A full list of services provided by the Commission can be found at: www.mhc.wa.gov.au/gettinghelp