Suicide Prevention Inclusion – Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices

“I very much appreciated the lived experience and the theoretical knowledge. It was powerful!! – Darwin participant, April 2018.

Why attend this workshop?

Both Indigenous and LGBQTI people experience additional societal challenges which contribute to the increased development of depression, anxiety, and alcohol and other drug problems as well as many more of life’s difficulties and challenges. In their help seeking efforts, services that are not inclusive in their practice can create extra obstacles, affecting service delivery and restricting optimal health outcomes for Indigenous LGBQTI people.

“No.1 Priority will be putting systems in place to engage more with the Indigenous LGBQTI community.” Darwin participant, April 2018

Who should attend this workshop ? 

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Managers and Executives responsible for organisational change and policy development, mental health workers, case-workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, community health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, counselors, peer-workers, social workers, GPs, front desk administration workers and youth workers

“I have had my eyes open to areas of inclusive practice that I hadn’t considered previous, so it was a great learning experience. Thank you!” Darwin participant, February 2018.

Workshop outcomes

By attending the Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Workshop participants will increase their knowledge of the heightened suicide risk for Indigenous LGBQTI people and are assisted in identifying the inherent health risks at the intersection of the dual experiences of being both Indigenous and LGBQTI identifying. This includes the social determinants of health specific to Indigenous and LGBQTI people. The Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Workshop increases participants knowledge and literacy of the needs of Indigenous LGBQTI people and helps identify specific micro aggressions; what they are and look at how they operate and affect people’s experience in our health systems. The workshop also provides practical examples of how to strengthen and enhance service delivery as well as demonstrate how organisational and individual attitudes and values impact on the people we work with (clients) and alongside (colleagues).

“Open conversations with the groups as well as having more understanding of LGBQTI Indigenous communities.” Darwin participant, April 2018

Who is Black Rainbow ?

Black Rainbow is Australia’s only suicide prevention organisation and national advocacy platform that caters to the needs of Indigenous LGBQTI people. It is self funded and relies largely on donations and proceeds from these workshops. To find out more visit our website

“How to be able to make change as an individual in an organisation and workplace environment that is sustainable.” Darwin participant, February 2018.

Who is the facilitator ?

Dameyon Bonson is a local Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay male with a lived experience of depression, anxiety and suicidality. He is a Human Rights Award recipient and the founder of Black Rainbow. Dameyon started Black Rainbow in 2013 to respond to needs currently unaddressed by health, mental health and suicide prevention systems. 

Workshop feedback

At the end of each workshop an evaluation form is circulated to gather feedback from each participant. Below is the average scores of over 300 participants to date. These participants come are from WA, SA and the NT.

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About the Facilitator

Contributions and participation.

  • Project Advisory Group for the What Matters: Indigenous Quality Of life and Wellbeing Index research project – Menzies School of Health
  • Breaking The Silence: Identifying Indigenous And LGBTIQ – Investigating the impact of discrimination on the mental health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex) community.
  • Author – Voices from the Black Rainbow, Indigenous LGBQTI in suicide prevention and health
  • National Advisory Committee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) – UWA and Prime Minster and Cabinet
  • National Advisory Committee, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference – Alice Springs
  • A Call To Action – ‘Third Conversation’ Roundtable on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • National Digital Health Gateway “Head to Health” – Leaders in Lived Experience Mental Health Expert Advice & Co-Design.
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy – Department of Health
  • Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Intersex Rights (SOGGI)- Australia’s Human Rights Commission
  • NDIA – LGBQTI Strategy
  • National Digital Health Gateway “Head to Health” – Digital CEOs’ Group
  • A Roadmap For Building Indigenous Digital Excellence: Looking To 2030 – National Centre for Digital Excellence

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