Mindfulness in the workplace
Many of today’s youth face daily bullying and tormenting, simply for being themselves. Despite our diverse backgrounds, we all know the pain of being labeled as different, especially at an age when all anyone wants to do is fit in.
That’s why our Sydney office is proud to support It Gets Better, a global movement that focuses a spotlight on the growing problem of depression and suicide rates among young people, particularly within the Diverse Sexuality and Gender (DSG) community. Through engaging, nonthreatening videos, It Gets Better supports the DSG community by compiling testimonials of bullying victims’ experiences in an effort to inspire young people to thrive as happy, healthy individuals.
“Many DSG youth hide their sexuality for fear of bullying and without openly gay mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold,” says Jamison Parker, CEO of It Gets Better Australia. “The goal of It Gets Better is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it does get better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”
Celebs, world leaders step up for It Gets Better
To date, the project has generated more than 25,000 videos, including submissions from celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell and “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison; companies including Google, Facebook and Pixar; plus world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; and many more.
This weekend, It Gets Better Australia will host its inaugural benefit concert, “It Gets Better Live,” headlined by G.R.L. and featuring Anja Nissen, winner of “The Voice Australia” season three, Australian Idol winner, Paulini and Matthew Garwood, also known as “The Tattooed Tenor.” The show will serve as a fun way to unite the local community and make a strong statement of support for young people struggling with depression and bullying.
Ticket sales and donations for the event will support It Gets Better Australia’s local initiatives, including the development of an app to help at-risk youth find local mental health and support services quickly and easily. Funds will also support school-based programs to help tackle bullying and depression.
It Gets Better Australia can use your help
But that, alone, isn’t enough. You can help, too, by uploading a personalized It Gets Better video, donating time or money, connecting with It Gets Better on social media, or just taking the pledge to stand up against hate and intolerance.
“By standing together, we can let DSG teens know that we see a positive future for them, even if they can’t,” Parker says. “If it difficult to battle hate and intolerance on your own, but united, we can show our youth that they are not alone — and it WILL get better!”