LGBTIQ+ Health Australia - Leadership in Action: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Forum
The Leadership in Action: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Forum, 12 & 13 May 2022, is a community-focused forum that brings together key MindOut stakeholders to discuss various types of leadership in Australian LGBTIQ+ suicide prevention. MindOut develops and delivers national suicide prevention initiatives for the mental health and suicide prevention sectors to help them meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ populations. The MindOut program aims to improve mental health outcomes and reduce suicide and suicidal behaviour amongst LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
The online forum is an opportunity for LGBTIQ+ community leaders, advocates, people with lived experience, mental health practitioners, and Primary Health Networks (PHN) to explore effective models of leadership and program delivery.
The forum sessions have been co-designed by MindOut's four advisory groups: Sector Professionals Advisory Group, Peer Expert Advisory Group, Mindout Champions Network, PHN Suicide Prevention and LGBTIQ+ Inclusion Network.
The sessions have been informed by LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's response to the priorities identified in the second National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia's second National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy comes at a critical juncture for LGBTIQ+ people in Australia.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought broader public focus on the need for mental health support, and further exposed the inadequacy of mental health care for LGBTIQ+ communities.
The National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy was developed in response to the need for urgent action on mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTIQ communities. The work has been undertaken in the context of significant national policy development for mental health and suicide prevention, including the Productivity Commission inquiry and the work of the Prime Minister's National Suicide Prevention Adviser.
This strategy provides a roadmap over the next five years to deliver a mental health and suicide prevention system that delivers equality of outcomes for LGBTIQ+ communities.