Our decision makers need to put policies in place to address the vast overrepresentation of LGBTIQA+ 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 LGBTIQA+ youth mental health on ABC Radio Adelaide in February. You can read our media release on this research here.
Suicide Prevention Act 2021
In 2021, the South Australian government sought community input into the draft Suicide Prevention Bill. We broadly supported the Bill, and argued that it needed to specifically include LGBTIQA+ people as a vulnerable population. You can read our submission here.
We were glad to see Parliament adopt our recommendations in the Act.
SA’s Suicide Prevention Plan
Wellbeing SA and the Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention are developing SA’s Suicide Prevention Plan 2022-2025.
In April 2021, SARAA held a community consultation so we can ensure the Suicide Prevention Plan will include a focus on the needs of LGBTIQA+ people.
Through the consultation we heard that we need:
- to acknowledge that LGBTIQA+ people people are at greater risk of suicide given experiences of abuse, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia
- to make it easier for LGBTIQA+ people to talk openly about who they are when accessing care and support
- better access to inclusive health and mental health services that understand the diversity of LGBTIQA+ communities
- more support for safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ people – some young people literally survived because of community-run drop-in spaces
- more inclusive, respectful communities free from homophobia and transphobia.
Authorised by K Vincent for the South Australian Rainbow Advocacy Alliance Inc, Adelaide.