Equal not the same: Introduction to LGBTIQ+ mental health & suicide prevention - LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

Equal not the Same: Introduction to LGBTIQ+ Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

LGBTIQ+ people are over-represented in mental health statistics of anxiety and depression, and have an increased risk of self-harm and suicide due to their experiences of stigma, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, violence, exclusion and isolation.

Many services do not feel confident in supporting LGBTIQ+ people and so endeavour to ‘treat everyone the same’.  However the mental health of LGBTIQ+ people does not benefit from this framework as it does not create room for specific lived experiences of LGBTIQ+ people, nor does it redress the barriers that reduce the ability of LGBTIQ+ people to access mental health services.

Gaining an appreciation of LGBTIQ+ people, their lived experiences, and how this impacts on their mental health can support mental health and suicide prevention workers and organisations begin to provide equitable services to LGBTIQ+ people and communities.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a basic understanding of diverse bodies, gender, gender identity and sexuality
  • To have an appreciation of the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ people and communities
  • Improved knowledge of the mental health outcomes of LGBTIQ+ people
  • Understanding of barriers that impact on LGBTIQ+ peoples ability to access services and receive mental health support
  • Awareness of qualities of an LGBTIQ+ inclusive organisation
  • Increase access to services, support and resources for LGBTIQ+ people.

Target Audience

People who work in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors

Workshop Length: 1 day

To enquire about this training email: [email protected] 

To complete the introductory eLearning module, visit: eModule: Equal Not the Same

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LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, (formerly the National LGBTI Health Alliance), is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities. Dropping the “+” from our name only occurs within digital formats that do not allow mathematical symbols, such as within our domain name, handles and hashtags.
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