WAAC and YMCA WA bring LGBTIQA+ event to Mandurah

SUPPORT: The workshop at Billy Dower will focus on the mental wellbeing of the LGBTIQA+ community. Photo: Zoe via Unsplash.

SUPPORT: The workshop at Billy Dower will focus on the mental wellbeing of the LGBTIQA+ community. Photo: Zoe via Unsplash.

Billy Dower Youth Centre will hold a weekend workshop of activities, food and discussions about peer support and mental health for young people who are members of the LGBTIQA+ community.

The event will be run by the Western Australian Aids Council (WAAC) in partnership with YMCA WA, who run several weekend workshops throughout the year for young people both in metropolitan and regional locations.

A representative for the event said the weekend would be an opportunity to learn and gain skills while spending time with new people.

"Weekend workshops are two days of activities, great food and more. They are a fantastic chance to learn about supporting your mental health and wellbeing and the mental health and wellbeing of your LGBTIQA+ friends, meet other young people, and spend time together in a safe space, supported by qualified staff," the representative said.

"This weekend is not only a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and have fun, but you'll walk out with new skills and knowledge around mental health and know how to access LGBTIQA+ friendly services in your area.

"You will get to participate in the safeTALK suicide alertness training and receive a certificate - it will look great on your resume."

Expressions of interest are currently being taken for Mandurah's weekend workshop:

  • Where: Billy Dower Youth Centre, 41 Dower Street, Mandurah
  • When: Saturday, October 2 (10am - 5pm) and Sunday, October 3 (10am - 5pm)
  • Who: LGBTIQA+ people aged 15 - 26
  • Cost: Free. Food is provided

If you are interested in attending the weekend workshop, complete the registration form.

The event representative added that once the registration forms are filled out a staff member will be in touch for further details.

"To ensure everyone feels safe and welcome during the workshops we will cover the guidelines with you in more detail and discuss any support or dietary needs you might have."

If you or anyone you know needs support, contact lifeline on 13 11 14.