Keeping mentally healthy is just as important as keeping physically healthy.
Although most LGBTI Australians live healthy, happy lives, a disproportionate number experience worse health outcomes than their non-LGBTI peers in a range of areas, in particular mental health.
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual Australians are twice as likely to have a high/very high level of psychological distress as their heterosexual peers (18.2% v. 9.2%)
- More than twice as many homosexual/bisexual Australians experience anxiety disorders as heterosexual people (31% vs 14%)
Read more about these stats at BeyondBlue.
Noting this, the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA (MIFWA) and Independent Living Centre WA have come together to provide an education program called Well Ways Building a Future designed to assist carers in maintaining their own wellness and support recovery of their family member or friend with mental illness.
Expressions of interest are being sought from those in the LGBTI communities that identify in the caring or support role for someone with mental illness, to participate in the program commencing in 2017.
See the LGBTI Carer Support flyer for more information.