Productivity Commission’s final report on mental health, and the interim report from the National Suicide Prevention Adviser

The National LGBTI Health Alliance (the Alliance), welcomes the federal government’s attention on the mental health and suicide risks of LGBTI people.

The Alliance welcomes the Productivity Commission’s acknowledgment in their final report on mental health that LGBTI communities have poorer mental health outcomes than the general population, as a result of stigma, discrimination, social exclusion, ostracising and harassment. We also welcome the acknowledgment that LGBTI people are rightly identified within the feedback from Ms. Christine Morgan in her role as National Suicide Prevention Adviser to the Prime Minister.

“The Alliance, along with its members, have been advocating tirelessly for many years to ensure whole of government responses to our mental health and wellbeing. These two important reports give us hope that finally we will see investment in our communities, so that we can deliver the services and programs we so desperately need”, CEO of the Alliance, Nicky Bath, said.

“We look forward to working with our members and sector partners to review and respond to both reports in more detail over the coming days”, Ms. Bath, concluded.

If you are experiencing distress and would like to talk with someone on the phone or over the web, then please call QLife on 1800 184 527 or go to www.qlife.org.au

Media Contact: Nicky Bath, CEO | Mobile: 0432 328 706 | Email: Nicky.Bath@lgbtihealth.org.au

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