Belle Brockhoff announced as beyondblue ambassador
BEYONDBLUE acting CEO Dr Brian Graetz announced the appointment last week that Olympic snowboarder
(pictured right) has joined beyondblue as an ambassador.
At the Sochi Winter Olympics this year, Belle finished in eighth position in the snowboard cross, the most successful snowboard cross result for Australia at the Games.
She was also the only openly gay member of the Australian Olympic team in Sochi, and spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
Dr Graetz said Belle has shown she shares beyondblue’s passion for taking a stand against discrimination.
“Homophobia, like any form of discrimination, can cause long-term stress, which can lead to depression and anxiety,” Dr Graetz said.
“Homophobia is never acceptable, and Belle has shown courage in speaking out in difficult circumstances.
“Not only is Belle proud to be gay, the 21-year-old has also shared her story of depression and anxiety, and of seeking support, in the hope of inspiring others to reach out when they are struggling.
“Belle’s story sends a powerful message, particularly to young LGBTI people, that depression and anxiety are common conditions and having a mental health issue is not a sign of weakness.
“It takes courage to accept that you need help when you are struggling,” he said.
Belle encourages anyone who may be having a tough time to speak up and reach out for support.
“There is a lot of support out there from the people who care about you and organisations like beyondblue,” she said.
“You are worthwhile and there is hope.”
For further information on beyondblue Support Service phone on 1300 224636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/getsupport for online chat or email responses.
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