Mental health is just as important as physical health. The Queensland AIDS Council is not currently funded to provide mental health services. We hope this will change.
For some further resource information, visit MINDOUT at http://lgbtihealth.org.au for the latest information. For after hours support visit QLife for counselling support at http://www.qlife.org.au
LGBTI Queenslanders have poorer mental health outcomes and higher rates of suicidality and self-harm than the rest of the population[i]. In a Report to the Mental Health Commission (2013), it was noted that in the previous 12 months, 41% of homosexual/bisexual people had a mental disorder compared to 20% of heterosexual people. This is higher than for any age group, any income level, any area of residence, any education level, and any employment status.
A review of research on LGBTI mental health and suicide by the National LGBTI Health Alliance (2010) found that transgender persons were under particular threat of depression and suicidality. More than 36% met the criteria for experiencing a depressive episode (compared with 6.8% of the general populace), and 20% reported current suicidal ideation. Half of the transgender community interviewed had attempted suicide.
A recent local survey[ii] of lesbians, bisexual and transgender women and other women who have sex with women showed that 42% of those surveyed considered mental health issues to be a significant concern to them. In addition, a review of research on LGBTI mental health and suicide by the National LGBTI Health Alliance (2010)[iii] found that:
- 36.2% of trans people currently meet the criteria for experiencing a major depressive episode, compared with 6.8% of general population
- 20% of trans Australians report current suicidal ideation
- 50% of trans people have attempted suicide at least once in their lives
[i] QAHC (2013) Queensland Mental Health Commission Strategic Planning Issues Paper – LGBTI Mental Health Queensland Association for Healthy Communities: Teneriffe, Brisbane
[ii] Lesbian Health Action Group Survey, conducted on the 13th October, 2013
[iii] Rosenstreich, G. (2011) LGBTI People Mental Health and Suicide. Sydney: National LGBTI Health Alliance.