The CEOs of Australia’s leading youth mental health organisations have issued a joint statement on behalf of #mindthefacts.
We applaud the majority ‘YES’ vote in the same sex marriage survey. This is a momentous day in Australian history.
61.6% of voters in the national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry. The vote saw a high turnout of 79.5% and all states returned a majority 'yes' vote.
We thank the Australian public for voting with the facts in mind. This result affirms for young LGBTIQ Australians that they have a bright and positive future in this country, and that their mental wellbeing is a priority.
Now we have this result, it is time to unite and end the negativity.
We also call on our leaders and parliament to deliver on legislating marriage equality by the end of 2017 – a great way to start fresh in the New Year for the LGBTIQ community and Australia.
We know the distress caused by the postal survey does not end with this result, and remind young Australians that mental health services and support are available.
ReachOut has today released new online resources to support the result, and its forums are a safe space to work through the result, celebrate and vent.
Young people going through a tough time can also visit any of the 100 headspace centres across Australia or visit www.headspace.org.au.
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#mindthefacts is a national campaign launched in September by five of Australia’s leading youth mental health organisations: Black Dog Institute, headspace, ReachOut, Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney and Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.
The campaign asks Australians to consider the real and devastating link between discrimination and negative mental health impacts for young LGBTIQ people when voting in the marriage equality postal survey. The campaign follows urgent high-level talks between the mental health groups after a surge in demand for mental health services in recent weeks, as a result of the same sex marriage postal survey.
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