Part of what makes Australia such a great country – aside from our amazing beaches and excellent coffee – is that we are home to an interesting, culturally diverse population. We are lucky to have the world’s oldest continuous cultures, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, as well as Australians who identify with more than 270 ancestries from across the world. 

Unfortunately discrimination of people who are different to others still exists and it can happen to anyone.

People can be discriminated against for their race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, social origin, age, medical record, criminal record, marital status, impairment, disability, sexuality or trade union activity. This is even though there are very clear Australian laws against it.

Discrimination can also affect your mental health. In 2011, 1 in 7 Australians reported experiencing discrimination because of their colour or background, this discrimination can affect the severity of anxiety or depression and how you go about getting support.

If you have experienced discrimination – report it.

Research shows that subtle or 'casual' racism can be just as harmful as more overt forms. beyondblue's new anti-discrimination campaign Stop. Think. Respect. highlights the impact of racism on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Find out more.