GOVERNOR-General Quentin Bryce recently launched Families Like Mine, a resource from national mental health organisation Beyondblue for parents and families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and gender diverse young people.

Distributed online, the multimedia guide features videos and practical advice from young people and their families, aiming to address the alarming over-representation of LGBTI people in mental health statistics.

Former Victorian Premier and Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett spoke at the launch about how his work with the organisation helped him understand the harmful impact of discrimination.

“I’m the first to admit that my work at Beyondblue over the past 14 years has changed my attitudes, and it comes down to a simple analogy: what right have I to say to someone else that they can’t potentially be as happy as I am? Isn’t that the crux of a modern, compassionate society, that we recognise in each other the right to live your life?” he said.

Former PFLAG National Spokesperson Shelley Argent told the Star Observer the launch gave much needed national exposure to the issue.

“I think that parents who are looking for information and support will get it from here…this project now puts support and acceptance of LGBTI young people into the mainstream,” Argent said.

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