This included $45 million in funding for mental health organisation beyondblue’s school-based Mental Health in Education initiative. This program aims to encourage good mental health and well-being practices for Australian children. It also aims provide parents and educators with the resources to recognise the signs of mental health challenges in children so effective early interventions can take place.
$30 million will also go to youth mental health organisation Headspace to fund more of their Headspace centres which provide direct mental health services to young people.
Of course, nobody objects to improving the mental health services available to young people. However sadly it is the case these days one must always look in detail at where the funding goes, as our children today are the target of leftist social reengineers pushing radical sex education on them as well as dangerous ideas such as gender theory.
The most prominent example of this was the Safe Schools Program designed by the Marxist academic Roz Ward. It started in Victoria in 2010 and was rolled out federally in 2013. Despite the material being available for all to see during that time it wasn’t until 2016 when it was subject to proper scrutiny.
In response to a backbench revolt Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham withdrew some of the material from the program and announced Safe Schools funding at a federal level would not be renewed.
With the Coalition governments in New South Wales and Tasmania ending the program at a state level as well one hoped that at least one side of politics realised the danger that radical LGBT education posed to vulnerable young children.
However closer scrutiny of this new funding package from the Coalition Government reveals that it is going to fund Safe Schools type resources. It would appear despite its public stance against Safe Schools it is trying to fund similar resources through a back-door method.
Two of the organisations named that will received $2 million over two years for telephone, webchat and online mental health help are ReachOut and QLife. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said of this “the extension of funding announced for these key child and youth mental health initiatives will provide a stable funding base for the great work done by these organisations”.
Looking at the websites of these two organisations parents should be just as worried about them as they were about Safe Schools as they both provide explicit sex and gender education resources.
Reachout.com which describes itself as ‘Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents’. has an easily identifiable identity and gender section on its website. In its section ‘understanding your sexuality’ it tells young people to explore their sexuality ‘being young is a time for figuring out what works for you’. Its list of sexualities includes ‘pansexual’ and polysexual’ and even says you can choose labels such as ‘queer’ or ‘fluid’.
It also has a section ‘Everything you need to know about gender’ where it states that ‘gender is something that goes way beyond just male or female. For many people the gender they identify with doesn’t match with the gender they were assumed to be at birth’. It also encourages young people to explore their gender ‘different ideas and feelings towards sex and gender are a natural part of human diversity’.
ReachOut also has a section on sexual relationships where it has instructions on how to have sex for the first time, how to masturbate and even has advice on how to obtain an abortion. All this information is free for all young people of any age to obtain.
While ReachOut is also aimed at heterosexuals QLife is aimed solely at LGBT issues and describes itself as a ‘nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people’. It has various PDF guides available for anyone to download on topics such as gender diversity and relationships.
Even the mental health organisations where there seems to be a bipartisan support of their work have LGBT sections. Headspace at the bottom of its website proudly proclaims it ‘welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity’.
If the federal government wants to improve mental health services for young people and students, it would be better off setting up separate organisations rather than funding existing ones that are pushing radical sex and gender education. Sadly, this is not the good news story that it is being spun as in the mainstream media.