Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse people are a lot more likely to suffer anxiety and depression that the broader community.

They are also much greater risk of self harm or suicide.

Reasearch within the LGBTI community shows that discrimination, verbal abuse, physical abuse, exclusion and prejudice play a major role in the increased rates of depression, anxiety and self harm.

Concern over the reaction of family and friends can create anxiety and stress and the intentional or unintentional discrimination in the workplace or community is a major factor in the levels of depression and suicide

If you think you are suffering anxiety or depression, talk to your GP or contact a crisis support organisation like :

Qlife : 1800 184 527   -  qlife.org.au

Qlife is a national counselling and referral service for the LGBTI community.  It provides nation wide early intervention with peer supported phone and web based support for diverse people of all ages suffering from poor mental health, distress or discrimination.

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.  You can visit the alliance at :

LGBTI Health Alliance : http://lgbtihealth.org.au/   

The Alliance have recently launched Wingmen. 

Wingmen supports gay men to feel confident about helping each other in tough times. 

The online toolkit contains expert advice, resources and an online network of support for gay men who are worried their partner or friend may have anxiety, depression or be suicidal. 

Every gay man is welcome here – every gay man can be a wingman 

http://www.workingitout.org.au/ is a Tassie based support organisation for the LGBTI community. As well as one to one support, group support and education services, Working it out has an extensive list of resources on their  LINKS page for the LGBTI communities.

 

 

Headspace : 1800 650 890  - eheadspace.org.au

Headspace run LGBTI Youth support groups and activities.

Headspace have drop in centres in Devonport, Launceston and Hobart

The closest centre to the Meander Valley is Launceston

Cnr Brisbane & Wellington Street, Launceston 7250

Ph (03) 6335 3100

E: headspace@csys.com.au

www.facebook.com/headspacenorthtas

 

9:00am - 5:00pm weekdays (except Tuesday 12:00pm - 5:00pm)

 

If you are ready to reach for help you can find lots more options on our ‘Local Contacts’ page

There is also an extensive list of LGBTI resources that can be found on the signpost site at

http://spost.workingitout.org.au/wp/support/

http://rainbowtas.org/links/links.html/