Young authentic and social hangout at Ettalong
An "RUOK" Day event for sexuality and gender diverse young people will be held in Ettalong on September 12.
The Young Authentic and Social Hangout will be presented by sexuality and gender diverse youth organisation Wear It Purple, with LifeSpan Central Coast, Headspace Central Coast and the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus.
Fun Haus chair Mr Juan Iocco said the day would be open to all young people aged 13 to 17 living on the Coast and would provide a safe space for them to meet and make new friends.
"Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex kids are over-represented in mental health statistics, as well as self-harm and suicide statistics."
He said sexuality and gender diverse youth were five times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.
They often experienced isolation and loneliness that could result from stigma, discrimination and social exclusion, he said.
"Reaching out and asking 'Are you ok?' can be a way to let someone you care about know that you are available to talk, or to begin a conversation about something difficult to raise."
The hangout will run from 4:15pm to 6pm.
For privacy reasons, the venue will only be revealed to those that register to attend through the Central Coast Pride website.
Media release, 22 Aug 2019
Juan Iocco, Naughty Noodle Fun Haus