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How To Stay Safe During The Plebiscite

— By Minus18 Crew 20 September 2017
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Your community loves you.

 

Are you feeling a bit crappy during this whole postal plebiscite? 

Yeah, us too. Despite some of the negativity floating around the media, we want you to know that you belong to a massive, supportive community of other queers who love you. We are all here for you, but sometimes that’s not enough, so if you’re feeling down during the plebiscite, here are some things you can do to take care of yourself.

 

Come To a Minus18 Event
We’ll be running heaps of events over the next few months, so you’ll have heaps of opportunities to hang out with other people. We’ll have youth workers there too - so if you need to chat to someone or get some extra advice, it’s easy to do.

Our next big event is our Spring Under The Sea Glittery Dance Party. But you can keep your eye on our facebook events feed, or subscribe to get instant alerts for even more events. Check out our upcoming events here.

 

Take time off to do what you love 
It’s easy to get caught up in in the negativity, which can mean we drop off doing what we love and being involved in what recharges us. Taking a break from stressful activities, even just for a short time, is one of the most important ways to take care of yourself. Giving yourself time to relax properly can go a long way to support your mental health

 

Get Involved  
If you have the energy, getting involved in the YES campaign can make you feel connected, and contributing can help you see the awesome positive things that are going on. There are a stack of ways to get involved:

Letters - You could write a letter to people in your neighbourhood, print it out or photocopy it, and spend some time placing it in people’s letterboxes. Think about why marriage equality is important to you, and speak from the heart.

Posters - You could also design, print off or order posters and put them up around your community or school. It’s pretty easy to do, and you can do it in your own time.
Check out the Marriage Equality resource page for even more ideas you can get involved with in the campaign 
equalitycampaign.org.au/resources

 

But it’s OK not to be visible either! 
We put a lot of emphasis on coming out, being visible and talking to others during the campaign, but in times like this the most important thing is safety. There is absolutely no pressure for you to be visible or to get involved if you feel like you don’t have the energy. 

There are literally thousands of other people doing this fantastic work, and if taking care of yourself is just as important. 

 

Take a break from social media
Our feeds have been chock full of plebiscite posts, and at the end of a long way when you’re feeling a bit drained, scrolling through it all can be a bit overwhelming. Even just deleting it from your phone, so you only access it on a computer can be enough to clear your head. 

 

Practice Regular Self Care
Everyone has different needs, and what works for you may not work for someone else. Some people like to exercise, spend time with friends, watch netflix, take a bath, play with their pet. 

Make sure you are getting the right amount of sleep, and that you are eating properly and healthily if you’re able to. 

 

Reach Out If You Need Help
There are HEAPS of people and organisations who are here to support you. Talk to a trusted friend, or your school wellbeing coordinator.

There are services Australia wide who you can talk to when things get tough. Here are our top picks:

 

QLIFE
Telephone and online support chat with other LGBTIQ people.
qlife.org.au

Drummond St (Melbourne)
If you’d rather chat to someone in person in Melbourne, you can contact Drummond St Services.
www.ds.org.au

Other Places in Victoria
For local LGBTIQ support services around Victoria, check out the database at Rainbow Network
www.rainbownetwork.com.au

 

And here are some other groups to check out if you need support

 

 

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