Wear it Purple in support of LGBTIQA+ young people
Image: Sarah and Jess, headspace Bathurst staff
The staff at headspace Bathurst are long time advocates for same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people, and are proud to again support Wear it Purple this Friday.
Wear it Purple began in 2010 in response to growing concerns over the psychological wellbeing of young LGBTIQA+ people, who research shows experience significantly higher rates of suicide, self-harm, anxiety and depression.
Isobelle Strickland, Community Engagement Officer at headspace Bathurst, says it’s important to take every opportunity to support diversity and foster safe and inclusive environments.
“Wear it Purple Day is a good chance to visibly show our support for the same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people in our community – and reinforce that we have their back,” Ms Strickland said.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has elevated anxiety and stress levels for local young people, which can have adverse effects on already vulnerable people. Safe spaces for young people to discuss concerns and socialise are crucial during this period.
“It’s really important to provide a space for young people to feel connected. We host an LGBTIQA+ social group, Skittles, that allows young people to talk about what’s going on in their lives, and build a community of friends allies,” Ms Strickland said.
The ability to form and maintain genuine connections, such as those through the Skittles social group, can have positive impacts on mental wellbeing and overcoming difficulties.
For more information about Skittles or headspace Bathurst, call the team on 6338 1100 stay up-to-date via their Facebook page.
headspace Bathurst is supported by funding from Western NSW Primary Health Network through the Australian Government’s PHN Program.