Free resilience workshop for Gold Coast LGBTQIA+ community

The Therapy Pod is hosting a free workshop in ‘Resilience’ for the local LGBTQIA+ Community at the end of May, featuring Dolly Diamond.

Dolly Diamond is an ambassador for Animal Therapies who aims to help spread the word about everything the organisation has to offer.

“I’m excited to visit The Therapy Pod, we’ve been planning this trip for such a long time. Thanks to Animal Therapies I’ve been finding out how instrumental animals can be when it comes to getting us back on the road to recovery, so visiting the Therapy Pod I’ll be able to see it first hand.”

“I’m desperate to meet the Llamas, I’ll know straight away which one to christen, The Dolly Llama,” Dolly joked. The queen will be offering an exclusive media performance and photo shoot opportunity among the llamas from 12 to 12:30 pm, prior to the workshop.

The Therapy Pod is a small cabin nestled among the trees and natural beauty of the Tallebudgera Valley, Gold Coast hinterland, Australia. Counsellors work both individually and collaboratively (with either horses, llamas, goats or other humans) in this healing space offering a variety of services.

All therapists operating from The Pod are registered Counsellors (with the Australian Counselling Association) with nationally recognised qualifications in Equine Assisted Mental Health, certified in Trauma Informed Sandplay Therapy and Symbol Work. More details about their work can be found at The Therapy Pod website here.

Animal Therapies Ltd is a registered National Health Promotion Charity passionate about helping Australians seek better mental health outcomes through Animal-Assisted Services. Their purpose is to advance the understanding, acceptance and accessibility of Animal-Assisted Services for those in need.

ATL is delighted to be supporting the resilience of members of the local LGBTQIA+ community through the sponsorship of an animal-assisted group workshop being delivered by The Therapy Pod. This workshop serves as a pilot for further sponsored support. Find more information at the ALT site here.

The LGBTQIA+ Community is at higher risk of poor mental health outcomes with higher risk of suicide than their peers due to stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse.

Within the LGBTQIA+ Community young people aged 16 to 27 are five times more likely to attempt suicide and transgender people 18 and older are nearly 11 times more likely to attempt suicide. For more statistics visit here.

The Therapy Pod and ATL are putting a call out to the media to help raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ mental health issues and assist in suicide prevention.

While the upcoming May session is booked out, The Therapy Pod will definitely be holding another session. Folks can register their expression of interest for a second date via messaging jane@thetherapypod.com.au.

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