Did you know LGBTQI+ individuals aged 16 and over are three times more likely to be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime? But did you also know, Transgender and Gender Diverse individuals aged 18 and over are nearly five times more likely to be diagnosed with depression in their lifetime? The mental health of our LGBTQI+ community has been a disheartening point of focus for quite some time and despite changes in law and a progressing society we still need to support our queer family, friends and peers! 👭👬

The struggles of the LGTBQI+ community are unique and often isolating for those experiencing the hardships that come with being different. So, what better time than Health & Wellbeing Week to put your arm around a friend and tell them you love them exactly the way they are, if not maybe more for being the beautiful rainbow of a human being they are. If you’re one of those rainbows give yourself a pat on the back, because you’re beautiful, kind, and your health and wellbeing is important! 💆🏻‍♀️🌈

Take some time this week to meditate, brew a nice hot cup of tea and maybe binge a few episodes of Rupaul’s Drag Race. You deserve it! ☕️

On a final note, check out the resources below and of course remember, if you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else? Can I get an amen? (Say amen) *Music Plays* 🎼🌈

LGBTQI+ Mental Health Statistics: https://lgbtihealth.org.au/statistics/
QLife (Mental Health & Support): https://qlife.org.au
SAMESH (SA Mobilisation + Empowerment for Sexual Health): http://www.samesh.org.au/index.html
57 Hyde Street (Queer Friendly Health Practice): http://hydestreet.com.au
Queer Connections (Adelaide Based Mental Health Service): https://www.facebook.com/MIFSA.LGBTIQ.Project/