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    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    IT GETS BETTER – PREMIER URGES QUEENSLANDERS TO GET BEHIND GLOBAL ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN

    Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, October 05, 2011

    IT GETS BETTER – PREMIER URGES QUEENSLANDERS TO GET BEHIND GLOBAL ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh hasurged Queenslanders to get behindan international campaign reminding young people bullied over their sexuality thatIt Gets Better.

    The Premier said in the lead up to Mental Health Week, it was important to acknowledge that lifewascomplex and being a teenager can be tough.

    “Bullying is a serious issue that many young people experience and it’s something I take very seriously,” she said.

    “Being a teenager is tough and I wanttosay toyoung people– if you areexperiencing a tough time,reach out and seek help.

    Founded in the United States a year ago, the campaign has attracted 22,000 video messages as well as support from the likes of President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

    “This initiative has a simple but important message: It Gets Better,” Ms Bligh said.

    “Research shows that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender youth who experience bullying are more likely to suicide than heterosexual young people.

    “I want to remind young people that there are people and organisations that can help, and I encourage anyone in need – whether they’re gay or straight – to talk to someone and reach out.

    “You are never alone.”

    Anyone can record their own video message and Ms Bligh encouraged Queenslanders to join her in reminding young people that it does get better.

    View the Premier’s video at www.youtube.com/PremierAnnaBligh and visit www.itgetsbetter.org for more details about the campaign.

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