RICHMOND Wellbeing in Cannington is the first organisation to achieve Rainbow Tick accreditation in WA.
The mental health service has met the six national standards of LGBTQI inclusive practice and service delivery.
Richmond Wellbeing chief executive Neil Guard said research clearly showed poorer mental health outcomes for LGBTQI communities are directly related to the psychological distress that can occur due to stigma, prejudice, discrimination, abuse and exclusion.
“Consequently, Richmond Wellbeing has committed itself to providing a more LGBTQI inclusive approach to address the heightened risk factors of poor mental health, including suicide,” Mr Guard said.
Richmond Wellbeing partnered with GRAI (GLBTI Rights in Ageing Inc.) to build its capacity to work inclusively with the LGBTQI communities.
Richmond Wellbeing also partnered with the National MindOut Health Alliance.
“We are absolutely a leader in this country,” Richmond Wellbeing operations executive manager Adrian Munro said.
GRAI chairwoman June Lowe congratulated Richmond Wellbeing on the Rainbow Tick achievement.
“This is an historic milestone in creating safe spaces for LGBTQI people accessing mental health services in WA and it was an absolute honour to work with this visionary organisation, taking the lead in LGBTQI inclusive services in Perth, to help gain this important accreditation.”