Our decision makers need to put policies in place to address the vast overrepresentation of LGBTIQ+ people in suicide statistics.
The latest research on LGBTIQ+ young people, Writing themselves in 4, found that over half of respondents had experienced suicidal ideation in the past 12 months, more than five times higher than non-LGBTIQ+ people in this age group.
We need our decision-makers to put policies in place to address the root causes of these tragic statistics and promote inclusion, respect, and safety to prevent further suffering and loss of young lives.
We’re raising awareness of this important research. Our Policy & Project Officer Kelly Vincent spoke to Peter Goers about LGBTIQ+ youth mental health on ABC Radio Adelaide in February. You can read our media release on this research here.
In 2021, the South Australian government sought community input into the draft Suicide Prevention Bill. We broadly support the Bill, and argued that it needs to specifically include LGBTIQ+ people as a vulnerable population. You can read our submission here.