Suicide prevention for LGBTIQ+ communities: Learnings from the National Suicide Prevention Trial
May 7, 2021
The Black Dog Institute has published a report titled “Suicide prevention for LGBTIQ+ communities: Learnings from the National Suicide Prevention Trial” which details five years of reflections on delivering suicide prevention activities for LGBTIQ+ communities. Key learnings from the report include embedding lived experience and enabling local decision making to inform culturally safe design and delivery of services for these populations.
Brisbane North and North Western Melbourne PHNs were trial areas using Black Dog’s “Lifespan Model” - a systems approach to suicide prevention. The report is presented as a narrative via three in-depth interviews with PHN suicide prevention coordinators who led the delivery of the services and a fourth interview with these coordinators and staff from LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, national peak body working to promote health and wellbeing among LGBTIQ+ communities in Australia.
There are a number of recommendations in the report including developing and embed a LGBTIQ+ lived experience workforce within mainstream health care settings.