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Scott Morrison, This Is How Things Turned Out For Trans Kids After Your 'Gender Whispers' Rant

He's dodged the word "transgender" again.

How does the Morrison Government plan to tackle mental health exactly when the the PM his throwing about terms like “gender whisperers”? That’s the life or death question trans activist Georgie Stone has raised, telling The Sydney Morning Herald that Scott Morrison’s comments about transgender issues were “really disappointing” and have fuelled the stigma surrounding trans people that puts them at greater risk of mental illness.

The activist says the PM’s attitude towards trans kids does not align with his focus on reducing youth suicide rates, a cause Morrison say’s his government is combatting by increasing funding to Headspace by $263.3 million over seven years.

“It’s ironic that his [Morrison’s] government are committed to eradicating mental illness and yet they perpetuate those same mindsets and ideals that are the reason that the statistics are so horrible,” Stone said.

She’s quite correct.

Stones says suicide attempts are five times higher for LGBTIQ+ people aged 16 to 27, and 11 times higher for trans people over 18.

Yet Morrison’s response to Stone’s comments on reducing suicide rates for trans people was vague. In fact, the Prime Minister failed to mention the word “transgender” once:

“The tragedy of youth suicide is all too common in Australia, particularly amongst younger Australians working through their identity and the pressures of identity politics.”

Scott Morrison
Everyone waiting for Morrison to use the word “transgender” like…

Since becoming PM in August 2018, Morrison has called the gender-neutral toilet sign at his office “not necessary” and made plans for its removal. He also got all judgy towards Cricket Australia for trying to do the right thing – they introduced guidelines for transgender people wanting to get involved in local games which the PM deemed “mystifying” and “heavy-handed.”

Last year Morrison even tweeted about a Daily Telegraph story which claimed school staff were being trained to spot transgender children in the classroom, supposedly contributing to more children wanting to change their sex.

The phrase ‘gender whisperers’ left a lot of Aussies feeling like the leader of Australia didn’t take transgender issues seriously.

“If they [people in power] actually want to do what they’re setting out to do, they need to look at themselves and their own attitudes and see what the message is that they are promoting and the effects that’s having.”

Georgie Stone

Stone sent an invitation to meet with Scott Morrison but it was met with no response, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I think he needs to meet some trans young people,” Stone said. “They’re the key to changing hearts and minds.”

It’s 2019, Of Course World Events Are Giving Us Serious Mental Health Issues

Can you get “gaslighted” by Donald Trump?

In the wake of some massive world events, like The United States’ election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the climate crisis, researchers are beginning to explore how these political developments are impacting our mental health.

Is it really possible for Donald Trump, a complete stranger albeit a public figure, to cause “toxic stress” in the lives of American citizens? Is eco-anxiety real? And what about that guy who experienced the first “Brexit-induced psychosis?”

The ultimate question here is: do these psychological terms describing our response to events have any real merit?

Let’s investigate.

Donald Trump Causing ‘Toxic Stress’ In The US

According to US academics, Dominic Sisti & Cynthia Baum-Baicker, those left stooped by Trump’s election “might now be experiencing a form of toxic stress.” Apparently, such stress may be heightened by the “belligerent, unpredictable, and sometimes bizarre behaviour of the President himself.”

‘Toxic stress’ is defined by prolonged exposure to stressful situations. According to these professors, the President’s ever-changing and random implementation of policies relating to travel, immigration, healthcare, small business and investment markets “leaves millions of people wondering what is next.”

But this duo of professors takes things further by stating that Trump may have the capacity to gaslight the public. They describe his denial of saying and doing things as “a common form of abuse sometimes called gaslighting.” They also highlight how the US’ Crisis Text Line, a support service for those contemplating suicide, experienced a dramatic spike in traffic a week after the election. 

That’s a bit yikes.

Climate Change Causing ‘Eco-Anxiety’ Across The World

‘Climate anxiety’ or ‘Eco-Anxiety’ are terms that have emerged out of our growing awareness of the climate crisis. In fact, in 2017, the first full report into mental health and climate change was published by the American Psychology Association (APA).

According to the journal, the term refers to “feelings of loss and fear as species go extinct, seas rise above creature’s habitats and plant life is ruined by climate disasters.” To cope with ‘Eco-Anxiety’ the researchers suggest fostering optimism, active coping skills, practices that provide a sense of meaning and staying connected to friends and family.

Literally.

The Brexit Causing A ‘Psychotic Break’ In The UK

It’s a wild thought to have: the uncertainty perpetuated by the UK’s departure from the EU has led to one man’s mental breakdown but that’s exactly what’s happened.

A British man has experienced the first-ever diagnosed case of Brexit-induced psychosis, according to the British Medical Journal (BMJ). The man in his 40s was brought to the emergency room three weeks after the Brexit referendum in 2016. During psychosis, he attempted burrowing through the hospital floor. His wife attests that his symptoms began post-referendum. He also had no history of mental illness and wasn’t abusing alcohol or drugs. 

“Political events can be a source of significant psychological stress,” said Dr Mohammad Zia Ul Haq Katshu, who treated the man and contributed to the BMJ report on the episode.

Are we really, though?

Media attention towards phrases such as ‘eco-anxiety’ and ‘toxic stress’ can make it feel like these phenomena are pervasive and imminent. But the reality is that not enough time has passed since these world occurrences and there really hasn’t been enough research to verify the prevalence of these psychological experiences.

One thing’s for sure: if the world continues on its reckless path, perhaps terms like these will become quite recognised side-effects of our circumstances and I don’t think anyone’s ready for that.

Scott Morrison Is Threatened By Greta Thunberg But Apparently Not The Actual Climate Crisis

Cheer up! It's not like the earth's dying.

Scott Morrison has responded to Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN Climate Action Summit with two key words: “needless anxiety”. While Gret was given a speaking role at the summit, Morrison lucked out. Nevertheless, he made the comments while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Morrison’s stance reads as a denial of the seriousness of climate change, demonstrating the opinion that the earth’s situation isn’t quite yet serious enough to be rendering anxiety amongst the youth.

While Greta told the world’s leaders: “All you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth, how dare you.”

Scott Morrison said: “…They [Australia’s youth] will not only have a wonderful country and pristine environment to live in, but they’ll also have an economy that they can live in as well.”

Not what the science says.

Which is a fairytale if I ever did hear one and his shoutout to the economy during a discussion on environmental damage is just cringe.

In her speech, Greta said:

“For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear…the popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in ten years only gives us a 50 % chance of staying below one point five degrees…”

However, Morrison’s comments failed to mention any one of the various facts Greta arose. Instead, the comments were almost strictly concerned with the attitude of kids.

“You know, I want children growing up in Australia that feel positive about their future.”

Scott Morrison
Maybe just like, pretend climate change isn’t real?

A pretty unreasonable request. Greta is quite right – her generation will be burdened with healing the massive environment damage left behind by former generations. She said halving emissions within 10 years wouldn’t be enough:

“50% may be acceptable to you but those numbers… rely on my generation sucking hundreds and billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us, we who have to live with the consequences.”

It’d be pretty darn hard to feel positive about those prospects. 

“We’ve got to make sure that…we do not create an anxiety among children in how we talk about and deal with these very real issues,” Morrison declared.

But perhaps Greta was just being frank about the impending crisis. Perhaps she felt like she had to, after all, she called out our world’s leaders: “You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.” 

Sizzle.

Greta’s speech garnered a lot of media attention in its aftermath. It became the subject of discussion for Fox News segment The Story which involved some pretty explosive comments by conservative writer, Michael Knowles.

He claimed that climate hysteria wasn’t about science and that “if it were about science, it would be led by scientists, rather than by politicians and a mentally ill Swedish child who is being exploited by her parents and by the international left.”

While has since Fox News apologised to Greta, Knowles has stood by his comment.

Morrison did give a shout out to the kids at the United Nations General Assembly: “I’ve always liked kids to be kids. And we’ve got to let kids be kids…”

It’s 2019, surely by now we’ve all learnt that children having opinions and expressing them is valid. As it turns out, Greta Thunberg likes being a typical kid too. She just feels like she no longer has that choice.

“I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean,” Greta said, holding back tears. “Yet you all come to us young people for hope… You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”

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