From: Michael Barnett <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 1 October 2010 16:29
Subject: JCCV and Mental Health Week 2010
To: John Searle <email@example.com>
Mental Health Week in Victoria runs from October 10 to 16 this year(1). Last year the JCCV published a media release(2) in time for Mental Health Week and included alarming figures on the extent mental health problems have on same-sex attracted youth.
There has been a spate of youth suicides in the USA that have come to recent public attention(3). This news has been deeply disturbing.
I would be keen to know what actions the JCCV is taking to help prevent tragic outcomes such as these in the Melbourne Jewish community. The JCCV formed a GLBT Reference Group in December 2009 (4) and has been briefed by a qualified academic on the facts surrounding intolerance of homosexuality. This problem exists in all societies where any intolerance of homosexuality prevails.
I would be keen to discuss this matter at your earliest convenience.