Increased Access to Psychological Services for the LGBTIQ+ Community

A suicide prevention trial in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region led by local community organisations will provide free psychological and case management services for the LGBTIQ+ community.

The Centre for Human Potential is the lead agency for the activity, which is supported by Brisbane North PHN as a lead site for the National Suicide Prevention Trial.

The Centre will employ psychologists to provide one-to-one and group counselling services in spaces provided by the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC), Open Doors Youth Service, or at the Centre for Human Potential.

The Centre for Human Potential Trial Manager, Brian Becken, welcomed the trial activity and announced it would commence from July 20, 2018.

 “The trial will provide a warm and caring experience for people who have thoughts of suicide, who have previously made a suicide attempt or who are bereaved by suicide and who would benefit from psychological support and case management.

The Centre for Human Potential is pleased to be working with local community organisations to make this service available to the LGBTIQ+ community in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region” Mr Becken said.

As part of the trial, psychologists and case managers will provide face-to-face, phone or online support to people facing a suicide crisis or bereaved members of the community.

De-identified data from those who provide consent to participate in services delivered under the trial will be used to help improve suicide prevention services in the region.

Brisbane North PHN Deputy CEO Libby Dunstan said the LGBTIQ+ community was identified by the PHN and the Suicide Prevention Strategic Partnership Group as a priority population group based on stakeholder consultations and current health service data.

“We know that suicide attempts are three times more likely for LGBTI Australians than for the general population. The National Suicide Prevention Trial has provided an opportunity for collaboration amongst existing LGBTI service providers, to increase timely access to treatment and support for LGBTI people who are experiencing a suicidal crisis or following a suicide attempt,” Ms Dunstan said.

“Increasing access to treatment and support is part of a broad suite of suicide prevention services, training and campaigns being funded for the LGBTI community as part of the trial, using the Black Dog Institute’s LifeSpan systems approach to suicide prevention,” she said.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl participants can also access trauma-informed psychological support under the trial, including cultural healing retreats.

Appointments can be made through the Centre for Human Potential (07 3211 1117) or by asking for a referral from affiliated organisations including (but not limited to) Diverse Voices (QLife), QuAC, Open Doors, Centre for Human Potential, Wendybird, Roses in the Ocean, Indigilez, Gar’ban’djee’lum, True Relationships, or BrookRED.

Appointments will be scheduled at one of the providing locations:

  • Open Doors– 5 Green Square Close, Fortitude Valley for young people aged 12-24
  • QuAC– 55 Helen Street, Teneriffe for adults
  • The Centre for Human Potential– Level 8 at 288 Edward Street, Brisbane as required.

Brisbane North PHN is one of 12 PHNs implementing the National Suicide Prevention Trial activity. Evaluation of the National Suicide Prevention Trial is being conducted by the University of Melbourne.

Eligibility for Trial:

  • LGBTIQ+ persons, including Sistergirls and Brotherboys, aged 12 years and up
  • Facing a suicide crisis or are bereaved community members
  • Reside, work or study in the Brisbane North PHN region OR are a client/participant in a Brisbane North region LGBTIQ+ organisation.

  • Participants who consent to participate in the trial receive psychological and case management services at no cost.  Participants also consent to providing de-identified data to the trial for use in improving suicide prevention activities.
  • This activity is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the PHN Program.