headspace Lithgow staff and Rainbow Lithgow showed their support on Friday, August 28 for 'Wear it Purple' day.
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A barbecue afternoon was hosted in Cook Street Plaza to advocate for same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people, along with games, information and activities.
The 'Wear it Purple' campaign began in 2010 in response to growing concerns over the psychological wellbeing of young LGBTIQA+ people.
According to a headspace press release, research shows LGBTIQA+ people experience significantly higher rates of suicide, self-harm, anxiety and depression.
headspace Lithgow Community and Youth Engagement Officer Stephanie Hart said it was important to take every opportunity to support diversity and foster safe and inclusive environments.
"Wear it Purple is a good chance to visibly show our support for the same-sex attracted and gender-diverse young people in our community - and reinforce that we have their back," she said.
She said the Covid-19 pandemic had elevated anxiety and stress levels.
"This can have diverse effects on already vulnerable people.
"Safe spaces for young people to discuss concerns and socialise are crucial during this period," she said.
Ms Hart said the ability to form and maintain genuine connections could have positive impacts on mental wellbeing and overcoming difficulties.
"It's really important to provide a space for young people to feel connected.
"We host an LGBTIQA+ social group, All Sorts, that allows young people to talk about what's going on in their lives, and build a community of friends and allies," she said.
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