With Julie Collins MP
Labor is deeply concerned by new figures revealing a surge in young people accessing mental health support services since the start of the Turnbull Government’s postal survey.
The figures released by ReachOut show a 40 percent increase in young people accessing help during the divisive and unnecessary $122 million postal survey.
These numbers underscore the serious harm the postal survey has done to LGBTI Australians – particularly to already vulnerable young people.
The Turnbull Government must immediately consider additional funding for front line mental health services with providers anticipating another surge in people reaching out for help after Wednesday’s announcement of the postal survey result.
The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wrote to the Prime Minister in September urging the Government to allocate more funding to LGBTI counselling and trauma services.
Labor is yet to receive a response from the Turnbull Government in relation to this request.
The Turnbull Government has previously conceded a plebiscite on marriage equality would harm LGBTI Australians and considered extra funding for mental health groups.
The release of these new figures come on top of already concerning reports.
LGBTIQ phone-counselling service QLife has also recorded more than a 20 per cent increase in the amount of calls since the postal survey was announced.
The concerning figures again underline the need for all political representatives to discuss this issue with respect for vulnerable LGBTI Australians.
Labor stands ready to work with the Government on this issue.
MONDAY, 13 NOVEMBER 2017