QC has been asking folk across this vast country of Queensland, the very simple questions of "What Makes You Happy?".
In a collaborative partnership that is centred in Reciprocity (otherwise known as - the 2Way Street), The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) and Queensland Health (QH) have the shared goal of understanding.... What makes you happy?
We know that happiness looks, feels, tastes and sounds different to each and every one of us. It comes from our memories and life learnings, it comes from unexpected moments and planned events, it is held onto and used to sustain us when times are harder and we need something to get us through.
We know that happiness changes over time.
We know that sometimes it can’t be put into words and it is just a feeling that we have.
We know that happiness sits differently on different faces, and in different bodies.
We want to know – what does it look like for YOU!
Chances are that the Happiness Wall has been to a location near you already, or will be coming to an event near you soon.. when you see it, come and say hi, add to our wall of happiness and let us keep advocating for the things that bring a smile to our face, or a spring to our step, or a tune to the world.
Let’s make this a thing....
What we want to do with your “happy”..
We want to empower you and your communities with the resources to make happiness a growing thing in our world. Come and ask us about our Happiness Notebooks!
Want to know more about the logic and thinking behind the Happiness Project? Read on...
We have a Happiness Wall!
Why a Happiness Wall?
After a rough couple of years, it was clear that our communities were needing a big boost of time and energy and we weren't the only ones seeing this - the folks who look at data could see that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities and people in Queensland were experiencing disproportionately far greater levels of poor mental health outcomes, compared to the folk who didn't fit within the diversity of definitions of our communities.
The lack of expert support services were also considered to be a key factor in higher negative outcomes for our communities. But what to do and where to invest in such a large state where our community members are EVERYWHERE?
These experiences, both historical and current, mean that these ongoing impacts are far greater, bigger, louder, more intense and more impactful. The noise inside our heads can be overtaken by negative self talk and so we wanted to have a role on working proactively on that with our communities.
We have been facilitating one-on-one conversations across different regional locations in Queensland where we use our Happiness Wall as an interactive place where folks are invited to share their thoughts about happiness if they want to.
These conversations start with the simple question: ‘what makes you happy?’
#HappinessWall and Reciprocity
QC have been visiting a range of regional locations in Queensland, working with local LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy folk to conduct the consultations safely and effectively. These events are community led and community driven. QC’s facilitation is interactive, with staff attending and hosting conversations with people one on one in a culturally safe and interactive way, inviting people to share their thoughts and answers in either a public or confidential way if they want to.
This is accompanied by a large 3-meter ‘media wall’ showing the intersex inclusive progress pride flag, displayed at each event and placement cards available for people to write down their responses to questions about their mental health, and stick it on the display to visually show a collective vision about mental health.
We now also have resources that folk can take away now and help us Champion the spread of happiness in our worlds.
Come and tell us, we really want to know, What Makes YOU Happy?