Leading LGBT+ health organisation ACON has published a handy guide that offers practical advice on how to take care of your mental health in the lead up to, and following, the postal survey announcement—regardless of the result.
“The deeply divisive nature of the debate has left their mark on our communities,” says ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.
“A ‘yes’ result will go a long way in healing some of this trauma, but the debate will continue on until the Australian Government enacts reform and ends marriage discrimination.
“Until that time, it’s imperative we continue to provide support to those who need it.”
The ‘Stronger Together’ resource urges the LGBT+ community to consider “where you want to be and who you want to be with” when the result is announced on Wednesday morning, reminding people that it’s important to be around loved ones during this time.
The guide also advises that it’s OK to step away from social media during the debate which will “continue to rage on regardless of the result”.
“In the unlikely event that things do not go our way, we will all feel despair, anger, resentment, grief and loss,” says Parkhill.
“During this time, it’s important to be with those you love, talk about how you feel and remember that we will come through this.”
ACON will also have additional counselling staff available for anyone who is in need of support in the lead up to, and the days following the announcement.
Parkhill added in a statement that the debate has “only made our communities stronger and more determined”.
“We will continue to face the bigotry and hatred that comes our way, as we not only have each other, but we have friends and allies on our side.
“Remember, our communities are resilient and we are stronger together.”
You can access the ‘Stronger Together’ resource here.
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