LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change? - Mani Bruce Mitchell

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Presentation by Mani Bruce Mitchell at the symposium LGBTTI Wellness & Suicide: What do we need to change? Hosted in Auckland on 27 February 2013 by Auckland DHB, Affinity Services, OUTLine NZ, Rainbow Youth and the Mental Health Foundation.

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LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change? - Mani Bruce Mitchell

  1. 1. mani bruce mitchellLGBTTI WELLNESS & SUICIDE: WHAT DO WE NEED TO CHANGE? Auckland 2013
  2. 2. who am I?WHY am I talking today?Who am I talking about ?GLBTIQWellness - SuicideDo we need to change?
  3. 3. Holding my own pain,frustration anger and use itonce more to motivate myself– my desire for change.How many more of our familyhave to die??
  4. 4. heather mac allister feburuary 13th 2007 Please remember to love each other, and to loveOurselves. Take care of our minds, our bodies, without fail and against all odds know beyond doubt, that we are all beautiful, amazing beings. Never forget that is what I lived for. Take care of your selves you beautiful beings mani bruce mitchell – counsellor – clinical supervision –– change agent – educator – itanz ceo
  5. 5. Australia – (Health Alliance)built on our rainbow deskwreckage - GabiSwedenPeak body? First you need abody.Bodies are the sum of manymore…
  6. 6. Resources – sustainable onesfundinglocal – nationalat an equivalency level of ourGLBTIQ population…Across the sectorBuild, sustain/developcapacity.. In all areas
  7. 7. No more abandoned centres mani bruce mitchell – counsellor – clinical supervision –– change agent – educator – itanz ceo
  8. 8. Resources – training base lineAND professionaldevelopment… ALL sectorsAccreditation – sanctions?Best PracticeCommunity leadGovernment policy
  9. 9. Data – reliable accurateCommitment at the highestlevels to CHANGE thingsand address:
  10. 10. homo/bi/trans/herm aphobia – is a ‘cancer’ that kills us..
  11. 11. end the shame the fear the isolation
  12. 12. commitment to human rightsnot tokena society that believeseveryone is equalthat lives and breathes this24/7
  13. 13. This week, we celebrate the anniversary of the UniversalDeclaration of Human Rights, which proclaimed in its first Article, “All human beings are born free andequal in dignity and rights.” It bears repeating: All human beings – not some, not most, but all. No one gets to decide who is entitled to human rights, and who is not.
  14. 14. care forvalue every part of therainbow familyin particularbe there for our youth
  15. 15. mani bruce mitchell – counsellor – clinical supervision –– change agent – educator – itanz ceo
  16. 16. mani bruce mitchell – counsellor – clinical supervision –– change agent – educator – itanz ceo
  17. 17. mani bruce mitchell – counsellor – clinical supervision –– change agent – educator – itanz ceo
  18. 18. mani bruce mitchell – counsellor – clinical supervision –– change agent – educator – itanz ceo
  19. 19. As a community we need tocarefor ourselves and each otherdeal with thedestructive self harmingbehaviour in our communities
  20. 20. carein a coordinated cohesive waywhich means dealing with ourown stuff… all of itBuilding alliancesHaving a shared vision
  21. 21. Deal with this toxic epidemicof bullying in our schoolsThey should be safe placesfor every onepupils and staff..Stop it!
  22. 22. We need to care forlove and value our RainboweldersIs Australia a model to follow?
  23. 23. deal to the violenceoutside and inside ourcommunitykids should be safewe all should beevery precious one
  24. 24. can we do this?Can we afford not towe are reaching critical massnow is the timeno more wasted deathsno wasted empty lives
  25. 25. realising the sum of all ourpotential..

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