MindOUT Webinar: Considerations When Proving Mental Health First Aid to an LGBTIQ Person

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This webinar will present the guidelines that were developed by Mental Health First Aid Australia and the University of Melbourne, with assistance from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, MindOUT project. The guidelines outline what a person needs to consider when providing mental health first aid to an LGBTIQ person. It will briefly review the literature on mental health problems in LGBTIQ people, describe the research methodology used to develop the guidelines and then summarise the advice given in the guidelines. This includes:

  • The importance of using appropriate, non-stigmatising language when supporting an LGBTIQ person.
  • How to talk and ask questions about LGBTIQ experiences.
  • How to show and provide practical support to an LGBTIQ person experiencing mental health problems, including specific advice when the person experiences discrimination and stigma, discloses their LGBTIQ experience or ‘comes out’, or is an adolescent.
  • How to encourage treatment seeking.


The webinar will be presented by Dr Kathy Bond, research officer at Mental Health First Aid Australia.  Kathy led the Delphi study that was conducted to develop these guidelines. She has worked for Mental Health First Aid Australia since 2012 and has been involved in the development a number of Mental Health First Aid Australia guidelines including helping someone with financial difficulties and mental health problems, and gambling problems. She has also conducted studies to evaluate the impact of several mental health first aid courses.

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