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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and Beyond Blue announce new partnership

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announced today that beyondblue will be an Official Supporter for Sydney Mardi Gras 2013.


On 5 September, beyondblue launched the national ‘Lefthanded’ campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the direct link between discrimination and depression and anxiety, particularly for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex people.


Sydney Mardi Gras is the most significant national LGBTQI festival in Australia, and a global beacon of acceptance and celebration of diversity. Partnering with Mardi Gras will provide beyondblue with an excellent platform to continue raising awareness of their important work.


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Co-Chair Siri Kommedahl said: “We are delighted to welcome beyondblue as an Official Supporter for Sydney Mardi Gras 2013. beyondblue’s ‘Lefthanded’ campaign is a crucial initiative to highlight the widespread discrimination still faced by LGBTQI people, and the resulting increase in depression, anxiety and risk of suicide.”


“We look forward to working hand in hand with beyondblue to spread the message of acceptance and understanding.”


beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell AO said that supporting Sydney Mardi Gras presents an important opportunity for beyondblue to raise awareness about depression and anxiety in the LGBTQI community.


“Mardi Gras is a great way to reach this audience as it is the most significant national LGBTQI festival in Australia,” Ms Carnell said.


beyondblue research shows that, discrimination and bullying are major contributing factors to depression and anxiety, and risk of suicide. The LGBTQI community, in particular, faces widespread discrimination which contributes to much higher rates of anxiety and depression than in the general population.”


“The new ‘Lefthanded’ campaign aims to influence a change in behaviour, particularly among young men. The campaign features real life stories from the LGBTQI communities and invites people to seek support for depression and anxiety from beyondblue.”


You can see the Beyond Blue "left handed" campaign here in action on Guidetogay.com

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