Mental health

National LGBTI Report Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

Historically, LGBTI people and communities have been relatively invisible in mental health and suicide prevention strategies, policies and frameworks and thus excluded from program and project responses. This document aims to provide you with Strategies for Action that will ensure that targeted responses adequately and appropriately support the needs of LGBTI people and communities as a priority. This is overdue and essential if we are truly to work towards the targets we have set ourselves as a country to tackle suicide.

Right By You

​It’s one of the most pressing issues facing our teens today – the lack of support for mental illness and its tragic consequences, such as suicide. 1.2 million Canadian children and youth are affected by mental illness – yet less than one-quarter of them are getting help. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among our youth.

A Survey About Mental Health and Suicide in the United States

A majority (65%) of U.S. adults has seen a primary care physician within the past 12 months, yet only 12% have seen a mental health counselor or therapist. Despite this, about 9 in 10 adults (89%) feel that mental health and physical health are equally important for their own overall health. However, more than half (56%) say that, in our current healthcare system, physical health is treated as more important than mental health, and less than one-third (28%) feel that mental and physical health are treated equally.

Mental Illness and Suicide

Suicide is an event with multiple interacting, often complex, contributing factors; one of the most common being mental illness. Results from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing show that people with a mental illness are much more likely to have had serious suicidal thoughts than other individuals (8.3 per cent compared with less than 0.8 per cent). Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of the survey’s respondents who had had serious thoughts about suicide had a mental illness (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2009).

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