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Specialised LGBTI counselling now available

October 19 2017 by North Richmond Community Health

In the middle of a divisive debate over marriage equality, it’s important to take care of ourselves, and our communities. North Richmond Community Health supports marriage equality, but, more importantly, we support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-diverse and intersex (LGBTI) communities.

That’s why we’re now offering free specialised LGBTI counselling, particularly for people who are experiencing emotional and mental distress due to the same-sex marriage survey. Our Counsellor and Caseworker, Rebekah Pozega, has specialised expertise in responding to the needs of LGBTI community members.

When we are worn out from battling negativity, we need to recover. The marriage equality debate may be upsetting for many LGBTI Australians. Here are Rebekah’s tips for looking after yourself during the marriage equality debate.

Self-care

This can be as simple as getting enough sleep, eating well and getting some fresh air. Take time for yourself and enjoy your favourite activities.

Reach out and connect

At times like this we need to be with people who make us feel safe. Have fun and share your troubles with your ‘family of choice’. Reach out; there’s no need to do this alone.

Switch off from social media

Seeing so much negativity online can be overwhelming and distressing. When you start to feel it building up, take a break from social media.

Get busy

If you’re feeling strong emotions, do something with them. Volunteer for a cause you feel passionate about. It’s also a great way to meet new people with similar ideals.

Look out for each other

If you see a mate struggling, check in. Offer the opportunity to chat, or spend time together doing something nice. We are stronger together.

If you’d like some support or assistance, contact Counsellor Caseworker Rebekah Pozega on 9418 9892.

 

 

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