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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Mental Health Australia issues statement on marriage equality

Mental Health Australia (MHA), the peak group for mental health in Australia, has issued a position statement on marriage equality.
Nanjing Night Net

It said its statement highlights the negative effects of ongoing discrimination on the mental health of LGBTIQ Australians and calls on the Parliament to pass laws to establish marriage equality.

“LGBTIQ Australians experience routine discrimination, along with all its negative mental health effects. Marriage equality is squarely a mental health issue” said Mr Frank Quinlan CEO of MHA.

“Determinants of mental health are the same for LGBTIQ Australians as for the rest of the community, but ongoing discrimination creates additional challenges.”

“LGBTIQ Australians experience triple the rate of depression and double the rate of anxiety when compared to their heterosexual counterparts.”

The full position statement said: MHA recognises discrimination based on race, gender or sexuality is detrimental to mental health.

Discrimination targeting LGBTIQ Australians has had negative impacts on the mental health of people denied access to the same rights, privileges, responsibilities and institutions as the rest of the population.These impacts continue to this day.

The Parliament should continue to pass laws that remove discrimination. This should include laws to establish marriage equality. Laws to protect any part of the population from discrimination should not be contingent on the outcome of a plebiscite.

LGBTIQ Australians already experience mental illness, self-harm and suicide at significantly higher rates than the rest of the Australian community and existing funding for appropriate mental health services fails to meet existing needs.

A substantial increase in programs and support for LGBTIQ members of our community and their families is already justified, and would require urgent attention in the context of a plebiscite on this issue.

The mental health of all Australians will be improved by measures that eliminate discrimination and promote social inclusion for the entire population.

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