Stigma and minority stress: preventing suicide in rainbow communities

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Presentation by Moira Clunie at Suicide Prevention 2013, a conference in Auckland, New Zealand to mark World Suicide Prevention Day.

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  • Resource and reference library service Website, social media and online resources Events – WSPD and webinars Direct links with community and professional groups – provide policy advice Work with the media
  • Stigma and minority stress: preventing suicide in rainbow communities

    1. 1. Stigma and minority stress: preventing suicide in rainbow communities World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 September 2013 Moira Clunie
    2. 2. www.spinz.org.nz
    3. 3. an umbrella term to describe people who do not identify as heterosexual, or do not fit standard gender norms. "Rainbow"
    4. 4. “GLBTI individuals experience higher levels of mental health distress than their heterosexual counterparts”
    5. 5. “Same/both-sex-attracted students reported higher rates of depression, suicide and self-harm compared to their opposite-sex-attracted peers.”
    6. 6. “Discrimination and exclusion are the key causal factors of LGBTI mental ill-health and suicidality”
    7. 7. “The health and wellbeing of same/both sex attracted students was negatively affected by their social environment.”
    8. 8. Rates of attempted suicide in young people when supported or rejected by family (Hillier et al. 2011)
    9. 9. Mental health promotion to strengthen: -Individual -Organisations -Communities -Whole societies
    10. 10. Photo: Kiran Foster. Used under Creative Commons Attribution license
    11. 11. “inform ways to improve the access to, and experience of, mental health and addiction services to the Rainbow Community in the ADHB catchment area.”
    12. 12. “strengthen individuals’ self-esteem, self-efficacy, life and coping skills, relationship and social connections”
    13. 13. Moira Clunie moira@mentalhealth.org.nz

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