Presenters and presentations

Presentations and Presenters

The presenters and presentations from the 2012 Mind OUT! Symposium.

Well, resilient and Strong – Doing mental health promotion in LGBTI populations Atari Metcalf Download this MS PowerPoint presentation
Much of the suicide prevention discourse in Australia emphasises policy and practice that tackles suicide at the acute end of the spectrum of (crisis) intervention. However, there is growing recognition and increasing emphasis on addressing the underlying determinants, risk and protective factors for suicide through mental health promotion, especially in LGBTI populations. This session will examine the role of mental health promotion in LGBTI suicide prevention, and seeks to open a conversation about what a Mental Health Promotion Framework for LGBTI populations might look like. About Atari:
Atari Metcalf is the Evaluation Manager at Inspire Foundation.  He brings a decade of experience in mental health promotion program planning, delivery and research working directly with young people from diverse communities and life experiences across Australia and in the US.  He has worked in a variety of health promotion and youth development roles, working in both government and non-government community health organisations in Western Australia.  Atari is a member of numerous state and national advisory committees including the National LGBTI Health Alliance Mental Health Working Group and the NSW Ministry of Health Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors at both Twenty10 and Suicide Prevention Australia.His study and work to date has allowed him to foster a specialist interest in the role of information communication technologies (ICT) in health promotion, alongside his passions for meaningful community participation and the health of sexuality, sex and gender diverse populations.  Recently Atari participated in the inaugural Young and Well CRC Research Training Insitute for early career researchers, where he undertook graduate studies in preventive mental health research and epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
LGBTI Suicide Prevention: What do we need to do?
Barry Taylor
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Studies have shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people have higher rates of suicide attempts and deaths than the general population.  What can we do to prevent this?  Drawing on best practice in suicide prevention and population health and applying social determinants, psycho-dynamic and LGBTI analyses, this presentation will provide an overview of what safe, evidence-based suicide prevention initiatives should look like and the challenges and opportunities involved in delivering such initiatives. About Barry
Barry Taylor is the Senior Project Officer for the MindOUT! LGBTI mental health and suicide prevention project.  He has worked in mental health promotion and suicide prevention for 25 years at the local, national and international levels.

Barry was a pioneer in youth suicide prevention in New Zealand leading the first national initiative on youth suicide prevention in 1988.He is known especially for his lecturing, conference presentations and training work in mental health promotion, depression, men’s mental health, suicide prevention, loss and grief, spirituality and well-being.  He is currently the.  He was a Winston Churchill Fellow in 1990 and has served in many leadership roles within professional bodies and community organisations.

Community, Connection, Well-being: Promoting and Sustaining our Mental Health in Older Adulthood
Daniel Parker PhD
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Despite increased risks for mental health problems, LGBT older adults may be less likely to access services, and expect discrimination if they do.  And the community’s responses to ageing may further isolate older adults. Approaches will be discussed to minimise mental health risks and support healthy and meaningful ageing. About Dan:
Dan Parker is a clinical psychologist who has specialised for over 20 years in providing mental health services within the LGBTI community, and to persons with HIV/AIDS, both in Western Australia and California.  In recent years, he has focused his clinical and community work on issues of LGBTI healthy ageing.  He currently works as a clinical psychologist with the Western Australia Department of Health’s Older Adult Mental Health program, and has a private psychology practice the suburb of Mount Lawley.During 2010-2011, Dan was the Director of Wellness and Counseling Services at the Golden Rainbow Center—SAGE in Palm Springs, California, a community centre serving LGBTI older adults.  Dan has been active in LGBTI community and progressive political issues since the 1970s, in San Francisco, Palm Springs, and now Western Australia.
Mental Health and Suicide in Intersex Persons
Mani Mitchell
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The other side of the fence started the day I was born 59 years ago, a post war baby whose rurally located parents were desperate to bring ‘normal’ back into their shattered lives. I will speak briefly about my own experience and journey towards health from a deep and dark place of crippling isolation, fear and shame. Suicidal ideation was an almost constant companion for 40 years.I will share what I have learned in my 15 years of working with intersex people, their friends, lovers and family.  I will affirm the case for the ‘i’ remaining part of the queer umbrella, while exploring with you the mental health issues as I have experienced it of this/my multifaceted, diverse and complex community. About Mani:
Mani Mitchell (New Zealand) NZ first ‘out’ intersex person, trained teacher, local government emergency manager, counsellor, international lecturer/speaker, artist and award winning media commentator. Private practitioner and trauma and gender variant specialist. Member NZCA, ITTA, WPATH.
Peace of Mind – Understanding the Mental Health of GLBT Communities
Vicky Coumbe
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The Peace of Mind Project seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues facing GLBT communities by increasing understanding of the experience of mental distress and how community members can support those experiencing mental health problems. By partnering with organisations with mental health expertise, Peace of Mind has been able to draw on ACON’s experience in community engagement to provide recovery oriented workshops and a social media campaign that meets an identified community need. The forming of key partnerships and engagement with GLBT communities have been essential elements for this project. About Vicky:
Originally from the UK with a background in allied health (paramedic) and counselling, Vicky has worked at ACON for nearly 6 years in a variety of roles, from client services to project management. Currently she is managing the Peace of Mind Project, a Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO) funded project seeking to raise awareness about mental health issues in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities.
The HEY Project: Improving the mental health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people in Victoria.
William Leonard

In 2011 the Victorian Government committed $4million over four years (2011-2015) to support the development and delivery of programs aimed at preventing suicide and improving the mental health of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse (SSASGD) young people.  Seven Victorian agencies, each with proven expertise in working with and on behalf of SSASGD young people, were funded to undertake specific activities as part of this project.This presentation outlines the key elements of the HEY Project, its logic and principles, and its longer term aim to develop an SSASGD youth platform within the mainstream youth sector in Victoria. About Liam:
William Leonard is Director of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria and a senior research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University. He has overseen the development of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) health and wellbeing policy, programs and services at state and national levels in Australia, and published widely in the areas of GLBTI theory and health policy.
Best Practice for Freedom and Living Proud in WA
Dani Wright
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This presentation details two LGBTI suicide prevention initiatives in WA. The Freedom Centre is a well-established peer-based early intervention and prevention service for LGBTI youth.  An essential element of the Freedom Centre’s programme delivery is the use of the My Peer toolkit to monitor and evaluate its programmes and the support outcomes for the young people using the service. The presentation will describe the key features of the toolkit and it’s demonstrated benefits.In 2012 Gay & Lesbian Community Services of WA was funded under the WA Suicide Prevention Strategy to coordinate the Living Proud project.  The different components of the project will be described. About Dani:
Dani Wright has been the Freedom Centre Coordinator for 5 years. During that tenure Dani was also employed by Curtin University in 2009 as a Peer Researcher for the ‘My Peer’ project, which developed an evaluation framework for maintaining best practice and evaluating Freedom Centre’s peer-based early intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTI young people. Dani is also the Gay & Lesbian Community Services of WA Board Secretary and Chairperson of the National LGBTI Health Alliance Mental Health Working Group.  In 2012 Dani was the recipient of the Minister for Youth’s Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award in WA.
Making real space for gender diversity: from gender dysphoria to euphoria
Zoe Birkinshaw
The gender diverse community faces a complex range of issues that may impact on individuals’ mental health. These include a lack of understanding about the complexities and range of gender identities, and practical issues such as access to medical support (for those who want it). This presentation will identify possible strategies for improving the mental health of these communities, including how to address the social and political barriers gender diverse individuals may face in accessing service support. About Zoe:
Zoe is the Youth Project officer for the Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC). As Youth Project Officer Zoe works with both same sex- attracted and sex and/or gender diverse specific (SSASGD) service providers, as well as mainstream agencies, to support improved service delivery to young sex and/or gender diverse clients. Engaging with the sex and gender diverse community is be a key part of this role. The Youth Project is proudly supported by Western Region Health Centre.ZBGC’s focus is on establishing a physical centre, and currently maintains an online information, referral and support centre.Zoe is a trans*masculine identified member of the queer and gender diverse communities and has a background in anti-oppressive community and student organising. Their pronoun is ‘they’.