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What Makes You Happy?
The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health and Queensland Health have something in common – we want to know the answer to the question... What makes you happy?
We know that happiness looks, feels, tastes and sounds different to each and every one of us.
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.
Want to more about the logic and thinking behind the Happiness Project? Read on...
THE HAPPINESS WALL PROJECT
Reaching for Happiness, LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy mental health and wellbeing consultations
Why a Happiness Wall?
The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) understands that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities and people in Queensland experience disproportionately far greater levels of poor mental health outcomes, compared to the general population.
We also understand that LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people also access mental health supports and services far less compared to the general population in Queensland. QC recognises that in part this is acutely related to the ongoing impacts of experiences of discrimination, and the inequalities of minority stress still happening today.
These experiences, both historical and current, experienced by our people and communities, mean that these ongoing impacts are exacerbated by far less access to mental health supports and services. In partnership with Queensland Health, QC aims to identify these gaps and help remove barriers for our LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy 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 will also have some boxes at the base of the media wall where people can confidentially place their answers and thoughts in a secure place, for evaluation. Brisbane Pride on 24th September 2022 will also see the addition of a #HappinessWall post box where people can physically place our new postcards as the project continues to evolve!
People will be able to sign up to a mailing list to attend a follow up Report back session once all consultations have been completed.
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