The National LGBTI Health Alliance this week released the National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy, to help reverse the alarming statistics surrounding LGBTI people and their mental health.
LGBTI populations have a heightened risk of mental health diagnosis, psychological distress, self-harm, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts. Studies have shown that medical professionals can sometimes exacerbate the illness by failing to provide adequate and appropriate support.
This Strategy calls for nationally coordinated, evidence-based action to help prevent suicide by supporting organisations and government to develop effective suicide prevention initiatives that acknowledge and affirm the wide variety of bodies, genders, relationships, and sexualities that comprise the Australian population.
To read the strategy, click the image below.