The LGBTQA+ Special Interest Group is being founded in response to an urgent need to globally improve our understanding of what works, for who, where and when in relation to suicide prevention specifically for LGBTQA+ individuals.
Specifically, the LGBTQA+ SIG aims to advocate, using a multidisciplinary collaborative approach promotion of greater awareness of the needs for person and identity centred informed suicide prevention initiatives. The purpose of the LGBTQA+ Special Interest Group is to pursue a collective and shared interest in suicide prevention for LGBTQA+ people by promoting and advocating for existing and emerging research in this topic area. Through its membership, the LGBTQA+ SIG will look for opportunities to contribute to innovative and best practice exemplars of suicide research that contributes to a knowledge translation improving understanding, practice and public policy.
2021-2022 PLANNED ACTIVITIES:
The LGBTQA+ SIG will undertake a range of activities aimed at fulfilling the SIG’s aims and purpose:
- Establishment and recruitment activities.
- Conduct inaugural SIG meet and commence formulation of a five-year plan.
- Collect and synthesise knowledge, evidence and information.
- Represent an expert group for individuals and organisations seeking information and/or advice.
- Promote knowledge sharing and promotion on the topic (via conferences, seminars, workshops, publications, social media presence etc).
- Raise awareness about, and advocate for the topic to academic and professional audiences.
- Undertake primary and secondary research.
- Develop IASP policy position papers.
- Share evidence-informed practice (especially preventative).
- Facilitate collaboration between research, policy and practice relating to the topic.
- Develop research methodologies to evaluate different types of interventions relating to the topic.
- Facilitate collaborative grant applications to progress international comparative research, prevention and policy.
- Identify potential funders for an IASP multi-country project.
- Form Task Forces on an as-needed basis to help us undertake time-limited and specific tasks.
We intend to formulate a 3- 5-year plan for activities beyond 2021-2022. This longer-term plan will be drafted at the inaugural SIG meeting and ratified by the group at its second SIG meeting, in early 2022.
- LGBTIQ+ Health Australia – Snapshot of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Statistics for LGBTIQ+ People
- Lean on Me 2021 – Exploring Suicide Prevention and Mental Health-Related Peer Support in Melbourne’s LGBTQ Communities
- Trans Pathways
- The Trevor Project – Research Briefs
- The Mental Elf – Suicide Risk in Transgender and Gender Diverse People
- The Mental Elf – Risk Factors for LGBTQ+ Youth Self-Harm and Suicide