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We are creating pathways to support for LGBTIQ+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy people at risk of suicide. This website is part of the Talking Heals campaign, connecting you to specialist LGBTIQ+ services in the greater Brisbane area and providing advice and support to LGBTIQ+ people and Sistergirls and Brotherboys.
This campaign has been developed in response to the increased rates of suicide and self harm amongst LGBTIQ+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy people.
-- Ellen Jade Cisneros Reach, Rest, Repeat
Talking Heals Campaign Artwork
About the National Suicide Prevention Trial
The aim of the National Suicide Prevention Trial (Trial) is to provide suicide prevention support to the LGBTIQ+ and Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities and gather evidence of how a systems-based approach to suicide prevention might best be undertaken at a regional level. The pilot provides psychological and case management services in exchange for gathering de-identified data about its participants.
Brisbane North PHN is implementing the National Trial activity using the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan framework, which is an evidence-based, systems approach to suicide prevention. Evaluation of the National Suicide Prevention Trial is being conducted by the University of Melbourne.
The Queensland Council for LGBTI Health or QC for short (formerly the Queensland AIDS Council) is an independent community organisation funded by government grants, community fundraising, donations and sponsorships. QC’s vision is to see a Queensland where all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people achieve the best possible health and well-being outcomes while participating fully in the life of communities, free from stigma and discrimination
Open Doors Youth Service is a leading homelessness and support service enriching the lives of young people with diverse genders, sexualities, and bodies. They support high risk and at-risk young people in developmentally and culturally appropriate ways, to provide individual group-based and family support to enhance connections to family, culture, and community
The Centre for Human Potential (CFHP) was founded on the values of acceptance, diversity, and inclusion, and provides psychological support to the community allowing each individual to achieve their maximum potential. CFHP is an advocate for human rights and mental health, was active in supporting marriage equality and has represented LGBTIQ+ mental health issues at various levels of government.
Psychologists and Case Managers will work with people who are facing a suicide crisis or are bereaved community members. These services will be provided in person or where required by phone or online.
This campaign sits alongside Yarns Heal, a suicide prevention campaign for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy community.
Yarns Heal is about sharing stories and reaching out to loved ones and Community Cultural Connectors when times are tough.
The trial is available for LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people, who reside, study or work, or are active in or a client of an LGBTIQ+ network or organisation based in the Brisbane North PHN area who require suicide prevention services. Those engaging in the program will be required to provide consent to participate in psychological and case management services as well as to have their de-identified data used to help improve suicide prevention activities for LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people. In exchange, there will be no cost for these services. This activity is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program.
Individuals can self-refer or be referred by their health professional or by one of the following (but not limited to) affiliated organisations:
QuAC, Open Doors, Centre For Human Potential, Diverse Voices, Indigilez, gar'bun'djee'lum, Y2K, Wendybird,
Roses in the Ocean, BrookRED, or True Relationships.