National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

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The National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy is a plan for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, and promote good mental health and wellbeing for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities across Australia.

This strategy includes recommendations across the breadth of approaches in Australian mental health work including promotion, prevention, intervention, treatment and maintenance.

The purpose of the strategy is to respond to LGBTI people in current need, to provide interventions to those who are at risk, and to interrupt the structural factors that contribute to overrepresentation of LGBTI people in mental health and suicide statistics.

STRATEGY PRINCIPALS

  • Intersectionality – the diversity of LGBTI people and communities is identified, acknowledged and respected with individual experiences being recognised as fundamental to appropriate care.
  • Evidence – Evidence must be informed from both practice and research, and form the foundation of quality care to meet the support needs of LGBTI populations.
  • Access – LGBTI people and communities must receive welcoming, equitable and inclusive care without encountering barriers to accessing support on the basis of their sexuality, gender, body, relationships, identities or history.
  • Lived Experience – LGBTI people and communities are acknowledged as the experts in their own lives which have been shaped by personal and cultural history of both stigma and resilience
  • Social Inclusion – LGBTI people and communities must be included in the fabric of Australian society through reducing discrimination, eliminating violence and removing legal barriers that affect the ability of LGBTI people to experience connection.

STRATEGIC GOALS AND ACTIONS

  1. Inclusive and Accessible Care – LGBTI people will experience equitable access to mental health and suicide prevention services and receive support that is appropriate to their experience and responsive to their needs.
  2. Evidence, Data Collection and Research – Establish evidence base about LGBTI populations that adequately represents their histories, lives, experiences, identities, relationships and accurate recording of deaths by suicide.
  3. Diversity of LGBTI Population – The diversity within and between LGBTI populations will be recognised and responded to with strategies and approaches that take into account their individual and unique needs.
  4. Intersectionality and Social Inclusion – LGBTI people from across all populations, backgrounds and circumstances will experience an increase in social inclusion and a reduction in stigma and discrimination.
  5. Skilled and Knowledgeable Workforce – The mental health and suicide prevention sector workforce will be knowledgable regarding LGBTI people, and skilled, confident, and competent in responding to their support needs.
  6. Promotion and Prevention – Mental health promotion and suicide prevention programs, activities and campaigns will address the underlying factors that compound the mental health outcomes for LGBTI populations. 

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