WITH members of the LGBTQI community 14 times more likely to attempt suicide, the State Government will spend $120,000 on the development of a new health strategy.
Co-ordinated through the Department of Health, the strategy will provide a framework to raise awareness of the specific health and mental health challenges of WA’s LGBTQI people.
Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said the health strategy would also support existing LGBTQI services including a gender diversity service that provides children with treatment for gender dysphoria and gender identity.
“We are working to make targeted services available for the LGBTQI community in areas of high priority, with a particular focus on education, mental health, health and policing,” he said.
“We are committed to ensuring that no legislation or government policies directly or indirectly discriminate against the LGBTQI community.”
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Mental Health Alanna Clohesy said the new strategy would be a blueprint to increase the community’s understanding or the experience and needs of the LGBTQI community.
“LGBTQI people are 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers and rates of depression are over five times higher among transgender people and 3.5 times higher among lesbian, gay and bisexual people than in the general population,” she said.