MindOUT! Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

For information on MindOUT!, mental health support services and resources available, click on the following:

LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Resources and Research

LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Support Services

Feeling Good Inside and Out

 

The National MindOUT! LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide Funding to improve mental health and suicide prevention outcomes for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and populations. MindOUT! is funded until June 2015 and in Queensland is delivered by the Queensland AIDS Council https://www.facebook.com/MindoutQueensland.

MindOUT! has the goals of:

  • Working with mainstream mental health and suicide prevention organisations to assist them to be more responsive to the needs of LGBTI people and communities.
  • Assisting LGBTI organisations to be more responsive to suicide prevention and mental health issues for LGBTI persons and communities.
  • Supporting LGBTI people and communities to better identify and respond to their mental health needs.

Contents

Network MindOUT! brings together people who have an interest in promoting positive mental well-being among lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons and communities. Together we share information, facilitate learning opportunities and address the challenge of suicide prevention LGBTI populations.

Network members can:

  • participate in our webinars and/or training modules
  • receive a monthly e-bulletin and a twice yearly newsletter,
  • hear about MindOUT! initiatives, and
  • develop an improved understanding of mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTI persons.

Network MindOUT! has been created to facilitate the sharing of information and learning opportunities. Rather than taking a traditional network approach, the concept of a community of practice is being fostered.  We describe this as an LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Community of Practice.

To register visit http://www.lgbthealth.org.au/networkmindoutrego

For resources, research and access to webinars visit http://lgbtihealth.org.au/mindout

From Dying to Thriving

The suicide of someone has a devastating impact on all those connected. It is known that for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, suicide is far more common than in the broader population. While challenging there are things that we in the LGBTI community can do. Designed specifically for LGBTI populations, this workshop addresses what can be done at the community and individual levels to prevent suicide in our communities. 

       Rainbow Blues

While depression and anxiety is generally becomming a more common experience in people's lives, for LGBTI people the rates of depression and anxiety are significantly higher. Designed specifically for LGBTI populations, this workshop provides some insights into understanding depression and anxiety, why it seems to affect more LGBTI people; helpful hints on living with depression and how to support someone who is depressed or has an anxiety disorder.

Rainbow Blues Online Training

This online tool has been developed to offer you, your friends and family information and support to help you better understand the experience of mental distress, either to aid your own recovery or support someone else's. Based on feedback from participants of the workshops, it has been designed to provide space to reflect on some issues that are specific to our community's emotional health and wellbeing, as well as providing some practical tips on different types of support and self-care.

        Equal Not Same: Progressing LGBTI Inclusive Practice

The over-representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living with a mental illness of have died by suicide indicate the need for mainstream mental health and suicide prevention organisations to ensure that their services and programmes are LGBTI inclusive.

A common view held within services is that there is no need for targeted programmes for specific populations as the service “treats everyone the same.” This workshop will define clearly what is meant by inclusive practice for LGBTI people and put forward a rationale for the need for mainstream services to intentionally consider their responsiveness to LGTBI populations.

This workshop is for mainstream mental health and suicide prevention service providers and practitioners  to support them to further their ability to be accessible and inclusive of your LGBTI clients.

 

No workshops are currently scheduled. If you would like more information or to register interest in future workshops, please contact Sherryn on sdavies@quac.org.au

Rainbow Blues Online Training is available free of charge and can be accessed at any time at http://www.lgbtihealth.org.au/rainbowblues 

Champion Organisations

As part of its national project to improve the mental health of and suicide outcomes for LGBTI people, MindOUT! is working in partnership with mainstream mental health and suicide prevention organisations to assist them to be more responsive to the needs of LGBTI persons and communities.

The aim of this project is to support an organisation to increase the capacity and capability of the organisation to respond to the needs of LGBTI people through having an internal ‘Champion’ who would be responsible for advocating for workforce development, resource distribution, policy and procedure changes and inclusive practice.

Champion organisations will be taking active steps to improve the capacity of the Organisation to identify, respond and address the mental health and wellbeing needs of LGBTI people, and ensure that services and programmes are LGBTI inclusive, culturally safe and accessible. The provision of appropriate and inclusive services leads to better mental health outcomes and greater satisfaction with health care for members of the LGBTI community.

In Queensland the Champion Organisations are:

Open Minds

Open Minds provides community based supports to people living with mental illness, disability or acquired brain injury throughout South East Queensland. Open Minds offers a range of programs and tailored support services focused on the individual needs of each person we support. This includes lifestyle and residential support programs, acquired brain injury support services, transition planning and mentoring support and helping people find a job that is right for them. At the heart of what we do is a commitment to working alongside individuals and focusing on their strengths to enable individual achievement and recovery. www.openminds.org.au www.facebook.com/openmindsaustralia/

        Mental Illness Fellowship of Queensland

              

Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) is a specialist provider of programs and services for people living with a mental illness, their families and carers. Established in 1985, we work in five communities across Queensland, supporting thousands of people each year. At MIFQ we are a member of the national alliance of mental health service providers – the Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (MIFA). MIFA is a not-for-profit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organisation of people with serious mental illnesses, their families and friends. www.mifq.org.au https://www.facebook.com/MIFQLD

        

        Relationships Australia Queensland

             

Relationships Australia provides special services to people who are disadvantaged. We support people living in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, those suffering from family violence, poor mental health, addictions, people who are socially excluded and those living in remote areas. Relationships Australia recognises that Queensland is a culturally and linguistically diverse state and is continuously working towards developing a quality service that is inclusive and sensitive to all Queenslanders regardless of their cultural, language, ethnic or religious background. We provide services from more than 30 centres across Queensland and employ over 350 staff. We can work with you face-to-face, by telephone, on-line, in one of our centres, or elsewhere. http://www.raq.org.au

  

        Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services

       

Metro South Mental Health Services offer community mental health services, inpatient services and acute care services which may be undertaken in your home, in GP surgeries or in Emergency Departments.  Services are provided for all age groups across a range of programs from child and youth, to adult, to older persons, to specialist programs. Metro South Mental Health Services are made up of three main geographical areas that include Bayside, Logan-Beaudesert and Princess Alexandra. www.health.qld.gov.au/metrosouthmentalhealth

        Artius

            Artius

Artius provides services that will help people ​improve their health and wellbeing, gain and maintain employment and enter training and education courses. Artius Health Service offers a team of professionals who sole aim is to help people improve their health and wellbeing; including Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists and Dieticians. Support is available in Oxenford, Nerang, Biggera Waters, Southport, Palm Beach, Ipswich, Goodna and Maroochydore. www.artius.com.au

 

 

LGBTI Mental Health Professional Network (Brisbane)

In 2014 the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) and MindOUT! Queensland Coordinator at Queensland AIDS Council established an interdisciplinary network with a focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) mental health. 

Purpose of the network

The purpose of the network is to bring together people and services providing mental health, mental wellbeing and suicide prevention support to the LGBTI community and to clients who have a diverse sex, sexuality and gender identity in the Brisbane and surrounding area. The aim of this network is to gain an understanding of topical mental health issues relevant to LGBTI people and communities and share current clinical approaches for providing accessible and inclusive support of LGBTI clients. This network will also connect inclusive LGBTI mental health and wellbeing services, identify service gaps and support services to work together to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of LGBTI people. 

Meetings

  • Tuesday 17 February 2015, 2pm to 4pm at Queensland AIDS Council, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe
  • Tuesday 24th March 2015, 4pm to 6pm at Queensland AIDS Council, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe
  • Tuesday 21st April 2015, 2pm to 4pm at Queensland AIDS Council, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe
  • Tuesday 26th May 2015, 4pm to 6pm at Queensland AIDS Council, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe
  • Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 2pm to 4pm at Queensland AIDS Council, 30 Helen St, Teneriffe

For details please contact Sherryn Davies at sdavies@quac.org.au or by phone on 07) 3017 1777

 

Register your Interest Contact Angela Miller on a.miller@mhpn.org.au with Brisbane LGBTI Mental Health Network in the subject line.

 

Contact

Sherryn Davies - MindOUT! Queensland Coordinator

sdavies@quac.org.au | 07 3017 1777

http://www.facebook.com/sherrynmindout | http://www.facebook.com/MindOutQueensland

Links

National LGBTI Health Alliance MindOUT! Project   

Acknowledgements

 MindOUT! Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Project is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health through their 'Taking Action to Tackle Suicide' Funding.

Queensland AIDS Council is contracted by the National LGBTI Health Alliance to deliver MindOUT! in Queensland

 

 

 

 

Department of Health

http://www.health.gov.au/