Rainbow Labor is inviting members of Sydney’s LGBTI community to a public discussion on mental health this weekend.

NSW Shadow Minister for Mental Health Adam Searle, PFLAG Newcastle coordinator Michelle Lancey, psychologist Sekneh Beckett and Rainbow Labor members will be on the panel to answer questions from the public.

Part of the discussion will focus on recent data that has shown LGBTI people were many times more likely to have attempted suicide and suffer from depression and other mental illnesses.

The Private Lives 2 report, released this year, found at least a quarter of participants had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in the past 12 months.

The report surveyed 4000 LGBT people and also found 80 percent of respondents had experienced at least one episode of intense anxiety in the same period.

NSW Rainbow Labor co-convener Ashley Ubrihien said the Q&A styled discussion was going to help NSW Rainbow Labor form policy ideas to work on over the next 12 months.

The free talk will held at Sydney Town Hall on Saturday, July 14 from 5.30pm.

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