Suicide Prevention - Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices in Mental Health

  • 13 Apr 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
  • 9:00 - 16:00
  • $528.59 per person
  • Darwin

Due popular demand a second Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - 1 Day Workshop - is now available for the Darwin region.

Recent Darwin participant “Excellent workshop. Definitely will recommend. Great content. A+++”

Indigenous 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.

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).

Launching in 2017, the Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - 1 Day Workshop has been delivered to over 150 frontline workers in health, mental health and suicide prevention.

Feedback examples from recent Darwin participants:

“Excellent workshop. Definitely will recommend. Great content. A+++”

“Good introduction and background, first building up appropriately to more complex topics. Well structure workshop.”

“The facilitator Dameyon was fantastic. I will be recommending this to everyone!”

“Practical suggestions to take back to the workplace. Suggestions for intake forms and the use of symbols.”

“Favourite topics were, LGBQTI-phobia, heterocentrism, heterosexism, homophobia and microaggressions.”

This is a full day event.

The Facilitator, Dameyon Bonson - Indigenous Human Rights Award Recipient and founder of Black Rainbow

The workshop is informed from Dameyon’s profession experience working in health, mental health and suicide prevention, spending much of his time in remote community settings working on the frontline in upstream Indigenous suicide prevention. Dameyon also brings academic insight. He is post grad student at Griffin University and studied social work for several years. He is a member of the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s (IASP) Special Interest group of Critical Suicidolgists.

Dameyon has authored Australia's only report on the topic of Indigenous LGBQTI suicide and has contributed and provided advice on the following reports and projects:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project – Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, The Hon Sen Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs
  • National Mental Health Digital Health Gateway Leadership Group – National Mental Health Commission
  • A Roadmap For Building Indigenous Digital Excellence: Looking To 2030 – National Centre for Digital Excellence
  • A Call To Action – ‘Third Conversation’ Roundtable on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy – Department of Health
  • National Advisory Committee, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project – UWA and Prime Minster and Cabinet
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Conference – Alice Springs
  • National Digital Health Gateway – Lived Experience Mental Health Expert Advice & Co-Design

Dameyon is a born and bred Darwin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay male with a lived experience of depression, anxiety and suicidality.

Dameyon started Black Rainbow in 2013 to respond to needs currently unaddressed by health, mental health and suicide prevention systems.