The Queensland Government will provide an extra $338,000 in funding to help mental health organisations ahead of the same-sex marriage survey.
The cash comes alongside a “no harm” campaign aimed to protect the LGBTIQ community’s mental health and wellbeing during the vote.
Health Minister Cameron Dick, said the extra money will provide assistance to non-government organisations to help manage any increase in a demand for services.
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“We’re providing a one-off funding boost to Lifeline, Kids Helpline, Queensland AIDS Council and Open Doors Youth Service to help them deal with this extra demand until the end of November,” Mr Dick said in a statement.
“It’s vital that people are able to access these organisations throughout the campaign, and in the weeks following the outcome.
“We want any person struggling with the debate to know they can reach out and seek support.
“LGBTIQ Australians are incredibly resilient and it is important during this time, especially, to look out for one another.”
The Minister believes the survey will impact the wellbeing of vulnerable members in the LGBTIQ community.
The Queensland Director for The Equality Campaign, Peter Black, said the “no harm” movement needs the extra funds at a time like this.
“Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people at a time when their lives are under intense public scrutiny is vital,” he said.
“The campaign will continue to advocate in a positive and respectful way until the relationships of all Australians are offered the same dignity and respect,” he said.
“We can’t do everything but we can do this.”
The survey is expected to hit mailboxes on September 12 and the result should collected and published by the end of November.