Our Safe Spaces campaign exists because #RainbowHealthMatters
People that identify LGBTIQA+ experience poorer mental health and higher rates of suicide than the broader community. They are also are at higher risk of some health conditions and may not access support or services due to fear of discrimination. We hope to change this but need your help!
We'd love to read why #RainbowHealthMatters to you – share your message on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social channel, tell us why #RainbowHealthMatters and don't forget to use the hashtag. You can also tag @MerriHealth on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn if you would like us to see your post.
We'll be keeping an eye out and will use this information to better shape health services and advocate for LGBTIQA+ needs.
Did you know?
- Human Rights' Face the Facts found 6 in 10 people that identify LGBTIQA+ have been a victim of verbal homophobic abuse.
- The Black Dog Institute report that ‘same-sex attracted people are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide, twice as likely to experience anxiety disorders and three times more likely to experience affective disorders compared with the broader population’.