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Table 3 Example SMS Messages Delivered to the Intervention Group

From: Effectiveness of a culturally tailored SMS alcohol intervention for same-sex attracted women: protocol for an RCT

Target Message Statements
Performance objective: Reduce alcohol intake
Resilience • Identify and write down triggers that make you want to drink. These may include social (ie discrimination, others drinking) or health (ie distress) factors.
Mental health • It’s common to use alcohol to cope with distress related to discrimination. Write down some healthier ways to cope with distress, ie deep breathing, exercise.
Social support • Does your partner/housemate drink? Try to reduce your drinking together. You can support each other and both stick to your goals when at a bar or pub.
Motivation to change • What is your alcohol reduction goal? When and how will you start? Eg, Not to exceed 2 drinks when I’m out, starting on Saturday night.
Performance objective: Improve well-being
Resilience • Does visiting a new doctor make you feel distressed? Write down ways you can confidently approach this. Also try visiting doclist.com.au for a list of services.
Mental health • LBQ+ women face everyday stress plus sexual orientation related stress and sexism. If you’re having a hard day, know your limits and give yourself a break.
Social support • If you encounter discrimination, homophobia, abuse, try talking to someone who makes you feel good about yourself, ie your partner, a family member, or friend.
Motivation to change • Health includes physical, mental and social aspects. Think of how/when you can improve these areas ie go walking with a friend on Saturdays.
Performance objective: Increase help-seeking
Resilience • Seeking support can help you identify or relearn healthy coping strategies. Visit or call QLife for support and referrals: qlife.org.au/support/ or 1,800,184,527
Mental health • If you are feeling stressed/anxious/down etc. set aside a time in your calendar to make an appointment with someone who can help.
Social support • Connecting with like-minded people is important. Support groups are a great addition to formal support as you will meet others who get what you’re experiencing.
Motivation to change • Are bad past experiences stopping you from seeking support? Refer to the list of services that was emailed to you for LBQ+ women appropriate services.