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JOY Breakfast

7 Sep 2023

Understanding lived experiences of suicidal thoughts & behaviours in our communities

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Understanding lived experiences of suicidal thoughts & behaviours in our communities

This Sunday, 10th August  is World Suicide Prevention Day and scarily a new research into suicidality in the LGBTQA-SB+ community is showing members within our communities are still facing barriers in receiving potentially life-saving support. 

An RMIT-led study with Switchboard, Roses in the Ocean and University of Sydney, interviewed members of the LGBTQA+SB community to understand their lived experiences of suicidal thoughts and behaviours, and uncover factors that protect people at these times of distress. 

Professor Katherine Johnson, Project lead and expert on suicidal distress in the LGBTQIA+ community said despite LGBTIQA+ Australians being 20 times more likely to have considered suicide, there remained a lack of research into the types of support needed, especially for people with intersecting  identities, including First Nations people, people of colour, and people with disabilities. 

Katherine joins Rach & Dean on JOY Breakfast to give some insight into the study and where we can take the information from here. 

Please remember at any time if you are experiencing distress you can go to joy.org.au/support for LGBTQIA+ support services or immediately call lifeline on 13 11 14.

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