When talking about mental health, we can feel overwhelmed, scared, embarrassed and ashamed.

With Mental Health Week in October, I invite everyone to put these aside and just simply talk about mental health with your friends, family and partners.

With many people in our community disconnected from their biological families, many LGBT people adopt a chosen family that is made up of close friends that are really important to us.

In our chosen families we need to look out for and support each other. If you see someone regularly and know them well, you may be one of the first people to notice that someone isn’t coping too well.

So let’s ask the important people in our lives how they are doing, and let them know that they are important to us.  This alone can be of great assistance.  And if they need some support, you could be the person who can help them access it.

Our mental health is important, so lets look after it.

INFO: www.qahc.org.au/InsideOut

By SALLY MORRIS, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities client support coordinator.

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