Young people stay strong

WayOut support group members Laura Crozier and Kieran Atkins with mentors at Cobaw Community Health.

WayOut support group members Laura Crozier and Kieran Atkins with mentors at Cobaw Community Health.

For young people in Macedon Ranges' LGBTIQ community, the current marriage equality survey is just the beginning of their battles.

While many feel safe in their support networks there are still those who are feeling vulnerable as the debate continues.

Kyneton's Kieran Atkins, 20, said he was "frustrated to see some of the disorganisation" that came along with the survey and understood there were many people finding the situation "really stressful".

He believes the fight for marriage equality will continue until it is realised.

"If you are going to vote 'no' then you should know that that this fight isn't going to go away. All it will do is make it last longer and you might be making some enemies in the process," he said.

Woodend's Laura Crozier, 16, has been a strong supporter and advocate for friends and family and said it was important for people in the LGBTIQ community to stay strong.

"People have different reasons for voting the way they are and we might not understand everything behind it. It's about open-mindedness on both sides," she said.

"People need to stay strong during and after this survey. One day we will get through. There is something good with every day."

Support and information sessions for the LGBTI community have begun across the Macedon Ranges as the final weeks of the marriage equality postal survey roll out.

Cobaw Community Health will hold the sessions, funded as part of a $500,000 Labor Government program to help organisations meet the escalating demand for front line mental health support to LGBTIQ people.

Cobaw Community Health CEO Margaret McDonald said the additional funding increases Cobaw's capacity to reach and support the LGBTIQ community across Macedon Ranges.

The support sessions will run from 3pm to 5pm every Friday afternoon at the following locations:

Kyneton Library November 3, Romsey Library November 10, Woodend Library October 20 and November 24, and Gisborne Library October 27 and November 17.

Meeting with people at Cobaw to hear concerns recently, Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas also launched her annual Mental Health Contacts and Services Guide which lists local services available to all of the community.