Vote 1 for LGBTI suicide prevention
As part of World Suicide Prevention Day, the National LGBTI Health Alliance has released a nation-wide campaign in conjunction with 25 other organisations (including Suicide Prevention Australia) in an effort to halve the suicide rate of LGBTI people in Australia by 2023.
Research suggests LGBTI Australians have up to 14 times higher suicide rates than their heterosexual counterparts, with bullying and social exclusion amongst the contributing factors for the high statistics.
Warren Talbot National Director of the LGBTI Health Alliance insists a targeted strategy providing appropriate care for LGBTI people is needed.
“The time has come for a serious commitment to a National LGBTI Suicide Prevention Strategy. A targeted strategy will significantly contribute towards halving suicides by 2023 by providing LGBTI people with the same rights and services that other Australians enjoy,” said Talbot.
Lack of access to appropriate care is one of the many factors that magnify the stigma associated with mental illness and with suicidal ideation and behaviour. Many Australian organisations report that they provide services for LGBTI people because they treat everyone the same.
However, LGBTI people continue to be overrepresented in the suicide statistics while counselling organisations report that they help only small numbers of LGBTI people.
The National Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) is calling on Australians to cast a vote in support of suicide prevention by simply clicking online to vote prior to World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.
“We want the new Government to work with us on a unified approach to prevent suicide in Australia. We have more than 25 organisations and businesses already involved” said Sue Murray, CEO Suicide Prevention Australia and spokesperson for the NCSP.
"In addition, Government funding is needed to coordinate this new unified approach to suicide prevention in Australia. We are asking the new Government for $1 million a year for three years plus dollar for dollar in matched funding for a further $1 million each year, which is a total of $9 million over three years."
The theme for this year’s World Suicide prevention Day is Stigma: a barrier to suicide prevention.
Nearly all suicides are preventable. The NCSP believes that through national andlocal efforts, a difference to the lives of many will be made. This World Suicide Prevention Day, take the time to learn about suicide, recognise the signs and help make sure that all Australians know that there are ways to get and to give help:
Call a help line; or ask a person for help
Chat with family and friends at work, at school and in the community
Connect in person or online.
Find out more: wspd.org.au
Need help? Visit http://suicidepreventionaust.org/help/