A community-led suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region will provide free support to LGBTIQ community members in a bid to reduce suicide rates.
The trial will see psychologists and case managers provide free face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or bereaved members of the community.
Brisbane’s Centre for Human Potential (CFHP) will lead the initiative, supported by the Brisbane North Primary Health Network as a lead site for the federal government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial.
De-identified data from those who provide consent to participate in services delivered under the trial will be used to help improve suicide prevention services in the region.
CFHP Trial Manager Brian Becken encouraged affected LGBTIQ community members to get involved in the trial, which commences today (July 20).
“The trial will provide a warm and caring experience for people who have thoughts of suicide, who have previously made a suicide attempt or who are bereaved by suicide and who would benefit from psychological support and case management,” he said.
“The Centre for Human Potential is pleased to be working with local community organisations to make this service available to the LGBTIQ+ community in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.”
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl participants can also access trauma-informed psychological support through the trial, including cultural healing retreats.
Appointments can be made by calling the Centre for Human Potential on 07 3211 1117, by visiting www.cfhp.com.au, or by asking for a referral from one of a number of community organisations involved.
Those organisations include Diverse Voices (QLife), QuAC, Open Doors, Centre for Human Potential, Wendybird, Roses in the Ocean, Indigilez, Gar’ban’djee’lum, True Relationships, or BrookRED.
Brisbane North PHN Deputy CEO Libby Dunstan said the LGBTIQ community was identified by the PHN and the Suicide Prevention Strategic Partnership Group as a priority population group based on consultation and current health service data.
“We know that suicide attempts are three times more likely for LGBTIQ+ Australians than for the general population,” Ms Dunstan said.
“The National Suicide Prevention Trial has provided an opportunity for collaboration amongst existing LGBTIQ+ service providers, to increase timely access to treatment and support for LGBTIQ+ people who are experiencing a suicidal crisis or following a suicide attempt.
“Increasing access to treatment and support is part of a broad suite of suicide prevention services, training and campaigns being funded for the LGBTIQ+ community as part of the trial, using the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan systems approach to suicide prevention.”
If you need support, help is available from QLife on 1800 184 527 or online at QLife.org.au, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, Lifeline on 13 11 14, or beyondblue on 1300 22 4636.