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Stop, think, consider

I attended the launch of the Get Around It campaign of Stop, Think and Consider, along with Mayor Ken Halstead.

The Stop. Think. Consider campaign is a major awareness campaign by Get Around It that encourages the community to stop discriminating against people for simply being themselves.

The launch of the campaign was held at the Gibraltar Hotel, Bowral, on August 11. The theme for the launch Focused on discrimination against gay, lesbian, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTIAQ+) people.

Stop, Think, Consider encourages each person irrespective of race, cultural background, sex or religion to think about how the things we say and do affect others and how important it is to show respect for people who are different from ourselves.

Did you know that statistics tell us that LGBTIQ+ people are up to three times more likely to experience anxiety and depression than the broader population and are at greater risk of suicide and self-harm!

The launch was the first of a rolling campaign to make us mindful of how our thoughts and actions can impact upon the lives and wellbeing of others in our community. 

It will be promoted through targeted advertising in youth music publications, posters, social media, cinema, television, outdoor and convenience advertising.

The next phase will focus on discrimination against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are still sadly a target of much injustice and prejudice in our society.

I encourage you all to listen and share this message, so that we become a more caring and compassionate community and bring wellbeing into the lives of those around us.

I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Dylan Whitelaw who continues to commit himself debunking the myths surrounding mental health and is a strong voice for youth advocacy.

Larry Whipper

Chairperson for Get Around It

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