1. Is it ok to be left handed?
    Why should I be made to feel like crap, just for being who I am? Share this video using #StopThinkRespect
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  2. Marlee's story
    For a period of time I didn’t want to go out. I didn’t want to go to school. I didn’t want to wake up – I just wanted to stay in my bedroom, stay asleep in my little cocoon.
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  3. Rob's story
    Because of those little voices in your head, it’s hard. Especially when you’re so close with everyone in a community there’s the fear factor of ‘Will they still accept me?’
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  4. Annaliese's story
    Sometimes I’m faced with discrimination and that just sends me straight back inside and sends me deeper into the depression I was already in.
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  5. Gina's story
    I got sick of being sick. I didn’t want to live for the rest of my life feeling as miserable and as empty as I was.
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  6. Sally's story
    How can it help to have a critical part of you being devalued? And often really severely – to be told ‘Oh you’re not really who you are, you don’t know your own life’.
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Stop. Think. Respect.

Left handed

Imagine being made to feel like crap just for being left handed.

Okay, that's hard to imagine? But being lesbian, gay, bi, trans or intersex is no different to being born left handed, it's just who you are. So stop and think because the things we say are likely to cause depression and anxiety. And that really is pretty crap.

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Real life stories

Why should I be made to feel like crap for just being who I am?

Because of the things people say and do, LGBTIQ+ people are far more likely to experience depression and anxiety. Annaliese, Gina, Marlee, Rob, Sally and Shane share their stories of being treated differently and how they have overcome depression and/or anxiety.

Why is Beyond Blue doing this work?

Beyond Blue, in collaboration with LGBTIQ+ communities and the Movember Foundation, has produced a national campaign aimed at improving the Australian community's understanding of discriminatory behaviour and the impact it can have on the mental health of LGBTIQ+ communities.

There is research evidence connecting the experience of discrimination with an increased risk of developing depression or anxiety. Research, as well as the real life experiences of LGBTIQ+ people, shows that discrimination, both subtle and overt, is high for LGBTIQ+ communities. This campaign is instrumental in helping Beyond Blue achieve its mission of providing national leadership to reduce the impact of depression and anxiety in the Australian community.

The campaign, including the Left handed cinema commercial and real life stories, works predominantly with young people as well as the broader Australian community. It has been designed to prompt people to stop the discrimination, think about how comments you make could cause real distress and harm, and respect people who are different from you.

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