Queensland Health has left social media users in stitches by encouraging residents of the Sunshine State to masturbate.
The department issued the public health message on Thursday morning advising residents to ‘Give Yourself a Hand’, promoting the health benefits of masturbation.
‘Masturbation is a normal and healthy part of a person’s sexual experience and a great way to discover what you are comfortable with,’ Queensland Health wrote on Facebook.
‘The best part is, it’s for everyone — and also offers a wealth of health and sexual health benefits!’
‘It’s important for us all to work towards normalising sex-positive messages about masturbation to reduce associated feelings of shame and fear, and improve overall sexual health and literacy.’
The latest article published by Queensland Health outlines the physical and mental health benefits while encouraging healthy conversation about masturbation.
Masturbation leads to increased endorphins that influence mental wellbeing, can help reduce menstrual cramps and can lead to body positivity, according to Queensland Health.
A remarkable announcement from Queensland Health on Thursday morning is encouraging Queenslanders to masturbate (pictured)
Queensland Health urged residents to open up the conversation around masturbation to reduce stigma on Thursday morning (pictured)
Other added benefits also include protection from sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy as a form of safe sex.
However the announcement took social media users by surprise as Queensland Health departed from its usual Covid-19 messaging.
‘Wow good morning from Qld health!’ wrote one person.
‘Nice topic for this mornings breakfast,’ commented another.
‘Who’s hacked the Qld health website,’ added a third.
Other users saw the opportunity to come up with their best puns with one person writing: ‘This is a STROKE of genius Qld Health’.
‘We can do this if we all pull together,’ commented another.
‘Definitely hard work ahead,’ added a third.