The Suicide Closet: - Effective suicide interventions for LGBTTIQA+ people

8 May - 9:00am - 8 May 2019 - 4:30pm

A one-day workshop for workers in LGBTTIQA+ and mainstream organisations to depth their knowledge and skills in suicide assessment, intervention and postvention for LGBTTIQA+ people.

Studies have shown that for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual and people of other diverse sexual and gender identifications the thinking about suicide; attempting suicide and dying by suicide is far more common than in the broader population. This workshop provides insights and a theoretical analysis of the social and psychological determinants that influence suicide risk in LGBTTIQA+ people and what workers need to consider when undertaking a suicide risk assessment, providing crisis intervention or providing long-term support or therapy/counselling with LGBTTIQA+ people experiencing suicidal ideation or behavior.

Learning outcomes

Workshop participants will be:

  • Knowledgeable of the social and psychological determinants that contribute to suicide risk and behaviour in LGBTTIQA+ people
  • Familiar with specific LGBTTIQA+ risk and protective factors to consider in a suicide risk assessment
  • Conscious of LGBTTIQA+ specific dynamics that may affect crisis interventions and longer-term support or clinical interventions with LGBTTIQA+ people experiencing suicidal ideation or behaviour
  • Cognisant of the grief issues and suicide contagion risk for LGBTTIQA+ people bereaved by suicide

Topics covered:

  • Suicide in LGBTTIQA+ people – What is it and how is it explained
  • The role of social determinants in contributing to poor mental health outcomes and suicidality in LGBTTIQA+ people
  •  Not all the same -  understanding age, gender and cultural differences in LGBTTIQA+ suicide
  • Risk and Protective Factors for suicide in LGBTTIQA+ people – Additional considerations when undertaking suicide risk assessment in LGBTTIQA+ people
  • Intervention and support - Issues to consider when working with LGBTTIQA+ people experiencing suicidal ideation or behaviour.
  • Suicide contagion in LGBTTIQA+ communities

Evaluation of this workshop shows that attendance is of benefit for LGBTTIQA+ service providers and workers in mental health, addiction, primary health, social and community services, education, youth sectors.

Previous participants' feedback

“The easy to understand explanations of trans and intersex was most helpful and shed light on the experiences of groups that I knew little about”
Clinical Psychologist

“Your openness and style of presentation created a safe environment to ask questions and for honest group discussion”
Mental Health Nurse

“I wish there had been a course like this when I first started working in mental health.  I have learnt so much”
Social Worker

“Leaving even more determined to ensure my school is a a safe place for our LGBTI students”
School Counsellor

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes at the local and national level, especially creating collaborative partnerships to prevent or respond to suicide.

Barry has been a passionate advocate of LGBTTIQA+ awareness within the the field of suicide prevention. In 2011 he headed up MindOUT: LGBTI mental health and suicide prevention project in Australia.  This project was a first, with funding from a national suicide prevention strategy been specifically allocated for a national co-ordinated response to LGBTI suicide prevention and mental health.

He has advised governments on LGBTTIQA+ suicide prevention and wellbeing. As a health sociologist he has had an interest on the impact of social exclusion, discrimination on wellbeing and advocates for a human rights approach to wellbeing.