Di­ver­sity work­shop breaks down bar­ri­ers

Southern Telegraph - - News - Pierra Wil­lix

Organised to help raise aware­ness about gen­der di­ver­sity and sex­u­al­ity in the com­mu­nity, a free work­shop was held in Rock­ing­ham last week.

Hosted by the City of Rock­ing­ham, the Sex­u­al­ity, Gen­der Di­ver­sity and Men­tal Health work­shop pre­sented by the WA As­so­ci­a­tion of Men­tal Health pre­sented par­tic­i­pants with knowl­edge about recog­nis­ing di­ver­sity and its im­pact on men­tal health, us­ing pos­i­tive lan­guage and ter­mi­nol­ogy, recog­nis­ing un­con­scious bias and avoid­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion and un­der­stand­ing gen­der and sex­ual spec­trums.

One of the par­tic­i­pants was lo­cal home­less­ness

ad­vo­cate Owen Farmer, who said he took part as a way to in­crease his un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple who might nor­mally be os­tracised or mis­un­der­stood in the wider com­mu­nity.

“I am on the front line of home­less­ness in this area and thought the work­shop would be a great way to work to gain a deeper insight,” he said.

Mr Farmer said he be­lieved the work­shop was one way to start break­ing down bar­ri­ers and to work against dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“For me, the ses­sion gave me an out­look to not judge a book by its cover and to re­ally work to un­der­stand where peo­ple have come from and what they could be go­ing through,” Mr Farmer said.

Lo­cal home­less­ness ad­vo­cate Owen Farmer.

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