National LGBTI Health Alliance

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy 2020-2024 

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is currently developing its next National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy.  The Strategy will provide a national plan for coordinated, strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and suicide, promote mental health, social and emotional wellbeing for LGBTI populations, and improve access to safe and appropriate mental health support.  

Please take the time to complete this CONFIDENTIAL survey if you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual+, transgender or gender diverse, or are a person with variations in sex characteristics; and are based in Australia.  We particularly welcome the insights of LGBTI people with lived experience of mental ill-health.  

The survey will close at 6pm Friday 30th October 2020. 

A few notes about language: 

When we say ‘priorities’ we are referring to things that can be done to improve the mental health/social and emotional wellbeing of our communities.  These can be either big or small; and can be at a national level, state or local level.   

We are using LGBTI as an umbrella term, but we know that different people and different communities have really different lives and experiences.  We really want to hear the specific needs of different groups within our communities - for example, the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI people, Brotherboys and Sistergirls, trans and gender diverse people and people with variations in sex characteristics.  Our communities are diverse, and different groups will need different things. 

The survey should take you about fifteen minutes to complete.  You need to complete it in one sitting otherwise your answers will be lost.  Please feel free to skip any questions that you don’t feel comfortable answering. 

This survey asks about experiences LGBTI people have had in relation to issues of mental distress, access to services, discrimination and suicide. If at any point when you are completing the survey you feel distressed, upset or unwell we encourage the use of QLife for phone or web support (https://qlife.org.au/). QLife is an LGBTI phone/web based counselling service.

The survey is being conducted by Lisa Ryan (consultant drafting the Strategy) with support from Charlie Willbridge (National MindOUT Program Coordinator, National LGBTI Health Alliance). It’s anonymous - we won’t know your name or any of your personal details.  Lisa is the only person who will be looking at individual survey responses and will use those responses to shape the Strategy.  We would also like to include some quotes from the survey in the Strategy.  There is a question in the survey about whether you are ok with being quoted, or not.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact 

Lisa Ryan (Hecate.consulting@outlook.com) or Charlie Willbridge             (charlie.willbridge@lgbtihealth.org.au)

If you would like to be kept up to date with the work of the National LGBTI Health Alliance, please subscribe to our updates (https://www.lgbtihealth.org.au/subscribe)

Thank you! 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
The Alliance acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land and community. We pay our respects to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.

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* 1. In your experience, what supports good mental health and social and emotional wellbeing for LGBTI people? People benefit from different things; some ideas include - connection to community (cultural community, faith community, LGBTI community), access to safe and welcoming services, peer support.

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* 2. What do you think contributes to mental ill-health and poor social and emotional wellbeing among LGBTI people (eg homophobia and transphobia, family rejection, poverty, history of trauma, mental illness)?

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* 3. The Federal Government has set a goal of zero suicides in Australia. What would help us get to zero suicides in LGBTI communities?

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* 4. Have you ever gone to a service for support with mental health?  (For example, a psychologist, social worker, counsellor, peer worker, psychiatrist, drug or alcohol service, Accident and Emergency).

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* 5. If you answered yes to question 4, which service did you go to (select all that apply)

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* 6. If you answered yes to question 4, what was that experience like? Did you find the service safe and welcoming? Is there anything that would have improved your experience?

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* 7. What do you see as the barriers to LGBTI people accessing services for mental health and social and emotional wellbeing (eg financial barriers, travel distance, uneducated staff, services not being inclusive)?

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* 8. How well do you think mainstream (ie not LGBTI-specific) mental health organisations address the needs of LGBTI people?

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* 9. What would have improved your experience? 

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* 10. How well do you think LGBTI community organisations address mental health and suicide prevention?

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* 11. What would have improved your experience? 

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* 12. What can be done to strengthen peer support for LGBTI people and communities?

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* 13. What do you think are the highest priorities for improving mental health and social and emotional wellbeing for LGBTI people eg highest priorities for community action, for government and for health services. 

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