MindOUT Symposium, 2012

Standing Strong, Living Long: Opportunities and challenges for suicide prevention in LGBTI populations, Wednesday 10 October 2012


This one day symposium focused on the essential elements of effective and safe mental health promotion and suicide prevention for LGBTI people.

While most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people live happy and fulfilling lives, the over-representation of LGBTI people in the depression and anxiety, self-harm and suicide statistics is a matter requiring a concerted, multi-faceted and collaborative response. This symposium will be informed by the key determinants that have been shown to have a detrimental impact on LGBTI peoples mental health and are precipitators of psychological distress and suicidality.

Based on their experience and professional insights, symposium presenters spoke on what they see as the key opportunities and challenges for effective mental health and suicide prevention programmes and services for LGBTI people as well as specific considerations for particular populations; older persons, transgender and intersex.

Standing Strong, Living Long was an activity of the MindOUT! Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project – a project funded under the National Suicide Prevention Program