Going Upstream: A Framework for Promoting the Mental Health of LGBTI People

This document provides a framework to guide the development and implementation of strategies that promote mental health and wellbeing in LGBTI Australians. The document draws on a growing body of Australian and international research and identifies key factors known to influence mental health for these communities.

A core theme of the resource is the effects of deeply held prejudice and discrimination on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTI people. It highlights the need for health policy to incorporate this knowledge in the development and delivery of LGBTI-inclusive mental health promotion programs.

As many factors influencing mental health lie outside of the health system, this framework encourages partnerships with individuals and organisations in other sectors and settings. It outlines a range of initiatives and emphasises that actions must focus on creating environments that are conducive to mental health and wellbeing through advocacy, legislative reform, capacity building and community strengthening.

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