National LGBTIQ suicide prevention trial

Status
Active

$1million per year

Funding Amount

June 2016 to June 2021

Duration

North West Catchment

Locations

Overview

The North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) region is diverse not only in its geography but also in the diversity of its people. The region includes a large Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community. Although many LGBTIQ Australians live healthy and happy lives, a disproportionate number of LGBTIQ Australians experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers.

NWMPHN is one of twelve PHNs leading change through a National Suicide Prevention Trial aimed at taking a systems-based approach to reduce suicide rates. As part of our continued commitment to the LGBTIQ community at NWMPHN, we have focused the trial on improving outcomes for LGBTIQ people and contributing to building the evidence base on what works.

Partners

Mind Australia have defined a model of Aftercare in consultation and collaboration with LGBTIQ organisations and advocacy groups. Referrals can be made either by email aftercare@mindaustralia.org.au or by calling the Mind Equality Centre on 1300 054 284.

Drummond Street Services are delivering a mentorship model for individuals and families with the aim of addressing contributing factors to LGBTIQ suicide. These include building resilience, enhancing social connectedness, developing skills for navigating services and enhancing family cohesion. Referrals can be made by calling Drummond Street Services on 03 9663 6733.

Switchboard Victoria are developing an adaptable postvention plan for the LGBTIQ community.

Thorne Harbour Health are delivering a tailored affirmative practice training package for mental health services, frontline staff and general practitioners. Contact Thorne Harbour Health on 03 9865 6700.

LivingWorks Australia have co-designed LGBTIQ suicide prevention and intervention (ASIST and safeTALK) training to better represent the LGBTIQ community needs. LivingWorks delivers Train the Trainer (ASSIST and safeTALK) training to representatives from LGBTIQ health organisations. This enables these representatives to deliver ASSIST and safeTALK across the NWMPHN region. Contact LivingWorks Australia on 1300 738 382.

Outcomes

The objectives of the LGBTIQ Suicide Prevention Trial are to:

  1. Understand and address the factors that contribute to the higher rates of suicide within the LGBTIQ community.
  2. Work with community stakeholders to co-design and implement a systems-based framework for suicide prevention within the LGBTIQ community.
  3. Through implementation and evaluation of targeted initiatives understand what works for suicide prevention for the LGBTIQ community and contribute to the evidence base for this high-risk population.

Services involved