Involving LGBTI young people in research leads to award for Young and Well CRC
The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has been awarded a LiFE Award for excellence at the 2014 National Suicide Prevention Conference in Perth.
Young and Well CRC is an Australian-based research centre which focuses on bringing young people together with researchers, practitioners and policy makers and has had notable success in highlighting LGBTI issues in regard to the mental health and well-being of young people.
Among other projects, Young and Well CRC’s partnership with the University of Western Sydney and Twenty10 on the Growing up Queer report in February this year identified that 16 per cent of young people who identify as LGBTQI have attempted suicide.
Former High Court Justice the Honourable Michael Kirby described Young and Well CRC’s work as “exceptional”.
“I was glad to lend my personal support when participating in the launch of Growing Up Queer in Sydney,” Kirby said.
“I was heartened to see the stories of young people front and centre – stories that were taken up by the mainstream media with great attention and without the infotainment and shock-horror content that often marks media items on these issues.”
“I was also encouraged to hear that the report was mentioned on the floor of the Federal Parliament by Mr Warren Entsch MP, and used by groups such as the NSW Teachers’ Federation as a basis to lobby for changes in public policy,” Kirby added.
The annual LiFE Awards recognise excellence in suicide prevention across eight different categories including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Business, Communication, Community Engagement, Public Sector, Research, Service Delivery and Leadership.
Chief Executive Officer of Young and Well CRC, Associate Professor Jane Burns, said she was proud of the impact they were having, particularly in raising public awareness.
“Our sustained efforts, together with our partners, are delivering a sharper focus on translational research that is readily transferred into practise and policy,” Burns said.
“Research of this nature provides the cornerstone for redoubled efforts for the prevention of suicide. For that reason, we are delighted to see this work recognised as part of the 2014 Annual LiFE Awards.”