Conversations Matter when discussing suicide in LGBTI communities

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Presenter: Alexandra Culloden
Presentation Title: Conversations Matter when discussing suicide in LGBTI communities
Room: Murray
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 14:40
Duration: 20 mins


Suicide is an important issue of community concern. With rates of suicide attempts and self-harm amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people considerably higher than the general Australian population it is essential that the community are supported in having safe discussions about suicide.

Conversations Matter is a new suite of online resources developed to support these discussions. The resources are the first of their kind internationally and have been developed with the support of academics, service providers, people with lived experience and community members in New South Wales and across Australia including people who identify as LGBTI.

During the initial evidence review and systematic analysis of approaches used by current programs, evidence and programs which focussed on people who identify as LGBTI were specifically searched and reviewed. Only 4.2% of the existing resources were specifically targeting LGBTI people.

As part of an extensive consultation process LGBTI community members and key stakeholders were engaged in focus groups to further ensure the applicability and relevance of the resource. The Hunter Institute partnered with ACON to hold a focus group to identify the types of conversations occurring within the community, key barriers and potential opportunities for developing resources to support conversations about suicide. Evaluation of participant demographics also found a further 29% of the 87 remaining focus group participants identified as LGBTI.

This presentation will further discuss the outcomes of the consultation process and how Conversations Matter is providing practical support for communities and professionals to guide conversations about suicide.

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