Australian government sources reveal that homosexuals and people
of other self-identified genders are much more likely to attempt suicide than
the general community.
Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Paul Butler, says:
“The LGBTI community reports higher levels of depression,
anxiety and other mental health problems with evidence suggesting they are 3.5
to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general community,” Mr
Why? On the face of it, the figures suggest that encouraging these sexual identities is bad for people. But the minister does not give us the benefit of any
independent research on this very serious problem. Instead he announces that he
is giving $1.1 million to the National LGBTI Health Alliance for MindOUT (get it? OUT?).
“The MindOUT proiect will help address these needs by
building the capacity of the LGBTI community members and mainstream health
services to respond more effectively.
“As the peak national body representing organisations and
individuals that work to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Australians,
the Alliance is best placed to lead this important project which I’m confident
will lead to better support and service provision for the LGBTI community.”
What are the mental health qualifications of this alliance?
What evidence is there that they can help prevent suicide? Does anyone care, so
long as “diversity and social inclusion” are affirmed?