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Amidst the Marriage Equality noise here’s a vital reminder to look after yourself

headspace has today launched a positive video reminder that young LGBTIQA+ people need to prioritise looking after themselves amid the negative elements of the marriage equality debate.

Developed by a team of youth advocates at the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, the video offers four, simple but essential messages.

Sara Strachan, 26, was one of the driving forces behind the video, and said the messages seem obvious but are easily forgotten amidst the negative sentiment playing out in the mainstream media and on social media.

“We are simply reminding people that these things are really important in order to keep your cool,” she said.

The video also forms part of the #mindthefacts campaign, where headspace has joined other youth mental health organisations - the Black Dog Institute, Reach Out, Brain and Mind Centre at University of Sydney and Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health – to fight for the “YES” vote by presenting facts.

headspace CEO Jason Trethowan said it was essential the marriage equality discussion was framed in positive terms.

“The impact that negative elements of this debate is having on the LGBTIQA+ community is undeniable,” he said. “I am proud that young people from headspace have the foresight and ability to bring the issue back to where it needs to be, with positive, reassuring and vital messages.”

The messages are:
  1. Look after yourself;
  2. Look after others;
  3. Connect with the community;
  4. Practice self care;

The deadline to return the postal survey is Tuesday, November 7, with the survey results expected on Wednesday, November 15.

Media contact:
Michael Bennett
headspace Media & Communications Manager
0413 025 385