Hunter Institute of Mental Health: Inclusive practice in a project based environment

Presentation Type: Oral
Conference Stream: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Presenter: Alexandra Culloden
Presentation Title: Hunter Institute of Mental Health: Inclusive practice in a project based environment
Room: Murray
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 09:50
Duration: 25 mins


With significant disparities between mental health and wellbeing in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities compared to the general Australian population, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (Hunter Institute) is committed to ensuring that work with individuals and communities is inclusive of people who identify as LGBTI.

In 2013 the Hunter Institute was invited to participate in the National LGBTI Health Alliance MindOUT! LGBTI Champion Pilot project. The project has provided the opportunity for the Hunter Institute to examine its current practices and engage further with a variety of organisations working within mental health and suicide prevention in LGBTI communities.

As part of this project a resource has been developed to support media when reporting on suicide and mental illness in LGBTI communities as part of the Mindframe National Media Initiative.

This resource was developed following a comprehensive consultation period to assess the needs of groups in reporting suicide and mental illness and determine the type of resource/s that may support these discussions.
This presentation will discuss the development of this resource and how inclusive practice has been promoted within the Hunter Institute including some of the challenges and opportunities when implementing these changes within a project-based environment.

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