News • 13 Jun 2022

Celebrate Pride Month This June

June marks an important celebration of the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community – Pride Month.

At Open Minds, we believe every person has the same human rights irrespective of sexuality, gender identity or intersexuality. Our personalised approach to service planning recognises that all people are unique and personal circumstances change over time. 

According to the National LGBTIQ+ Health Alliance, LGBTIQ individuals in Australia are twice as likely to be diagnosed and treated for mental health disorders compared to the general population. 

A staggering 57.2% of transgender and gender diverse people aged 18 and over have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.

The Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards (QMHWAA) are, and always have been, about recognising and celebrating the achievements of those working to reduce stigma and empower those living with mental illnesses, including members of the LGBTIQ community.

Through the LGBTI Award category of the QMHWAA, we recognise and celebrate the individuals, groups and organisations that demonstrate a commitment to improving the life of Queenslanders who are LGBTIQ and living with mental illness, and by promoting their inclusion in the community.

In 2021, the Queensland Children’s Gender Service was presented with the LGBTI Award for its commitment to improving the health, wellbeing, and function of Queensland children diverse in gender identity. 

More information about the QMHWAA, including the LGBTI Award, is available on our website.

Nominations for the 2022 awards will be opening soon. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed of the nomination process and dates.


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