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Super Trans Peer Mentor Program Suicide Prevention and Intervention Workshop. Sally Morris MindOUT! Queensland Coordinator [email protected] Learning objectives. Identify why Trans people are at higher risk of poor mental health and risk of suicide - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Super Trans Peer Mentor ProgramSuicide Prevention and Intervention Workshop

Sally MorrisMindOUT! Queensland [email protected]/MindOUTLearning objectivesIdentify why Trans people are at higher risk of poor mental health and risk of suicide Increased knowledge of how to respond in a situation where a trans person is at risk of suicide Increased confidence in how to respond to a trans person at risk of suicideIdentify resources or supportsValuesPlace yourself along the continuum between strongly agree and strongly disagreeEveryone has the right to take their own lifeI can understand why people suicideAll suicides are preventable

What is Suicide?Suicide isA conscious decision to end ones lifeA solution to make pain go awaySeeing this as the only solution

Suicide is notA rational decisionTaking into account all impacts or consequences of death Taking into account other options and solutions

At Risk CommunitiesPeople experiencing mental ill-health or disabilityPeople with addiction to drugs or alcoholAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeopleMen aged between 25 and 44 yearsPeople who have previously attempted suicide Young People aged under 24 People bereaved by suicide Culturally and linguistically diverse people, especially refugees People in rural and remote areas, especially males and indigenous peoplePeople who are homelessPeople living with HIV

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community also have a higher risk of depression, anxiety and suicide.


Suicide Ideation (current)Suicide Attempts (lifetime)Blue - General PopulationYellow - Lesbian, Gay and BisexualPurple - TransgenderGreen - IntersexThe story of our livesStigma and PrejudiceDiscriminationHomophobia and TransphobiaHeterosexism and Heteronormative assumptionsInternalised Homophobia and self hatredSocial Exclusion and isolation Minority StressLGBTI negative traumaFamily and community rejection

Some Trans specific experiences Gender norms and rigid gender rolesCultural and family roles, responsibilities & expectationsMental disorder classificationGate keepers & hurdles to transition processComing out & disclosing identity Transitioning Lack of services (especially in rural & regional areas)Unequal legal recognition and legal discriminationName and gender documentation change processHigher risk of discrimination and violenceTransphobia and lateral violence within LGBTI communityIndicators someone may be at risk of suicide

Expressing suicidal thought through Direct Verbal Cues

Small group activity 10Indicators someone may be at risk of suicide

Expressing suicidal thought through Indirect Verbal Cues

Small group activity 11Indicators someone may be at risk of suicide

Behavioural warning signs

Small group activity 12Indicators someone may be at risk of suicide

Precipitating events



Initiate Talk InvitationInvite your friend to talk about their thoughts and feelings

Initiate Talk Conversation StartersUsing open-ended questions are a good way to start a conversation.

Initiate Talk ListenListening, rather than talking, is a way of understanding how someone feels.

Initiate Talk Ask QuestionsAsk your friend about their mood and how they are coping with life

Assessing Risk Ask about SuicideBe direct, confident and stay calmIts ok to use the word suicideDo not show any negative judgement

Assessing Risk Risk & Protective FactorsRisk FactorsPlan?Predisposing risk factors?Life Stressors?Continuous thought about suicide?Protective FactorsConnection?Hope?Purpose? Meaning?

Assessing Risk Risk of Suicide is high whenThoughts of SuicideConsistent or significant thinking over the past weekPlan about their suicideSpecific how, where, when

Assessing Risk Making an AssessmentDo you feel your friend is at risk of suicide?What are they telling you?Are there a lot of risk factors?Are there few protective factors?How immediate is the risk?What is your gut telling you?

REMEMBER!!If you feel that your friends life or safety is at risk contact the emergency services on 000 immediatelyOr take them to an hospital emergency department and stay with them until they are seen by a doctor.

Keeping them safe Let them know you are worriedLet them know openly and honestly that you have concerns that they are at serious risk of suicide, and that you feel that their safety is at risk.

Keeping them safe Let them know you careReminding them of their value and worth can help connect them to the serious impact that their suicide will have.

Keeping them safe Reducing RiskDelaying the opportunity and removing access to means can significantly reduce the risk of suicide.

Keeping them safe Be There For ThemDont underestimate the value of having someone just simply be there. This reminds them that they arent alone.

Keeping them safe Find AlternativesConsider how easy, effective, safe and legal the alternative is.

Check out 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws by Kate Bornstein

Keeping them safe Linking With ProfessionalsIt is important to link them with a mental health professional as soon as possible

Keeping them safe Linking With Support NetworksYou can also encourage and assist them to broaden their supportive network

Keeping them safe Follow ThroughSuicidal thoughts may not go away quickly. You need to check in with your friend regularly to see how they are going.

Keep in Mind!HelpfulStay calm and dont take their responses personally Be firm, fair and consistent Try not to panic if you dont know or feel how to act. REMEMBER, just letting them talk can sometime be help enough until a professional can be contactedReserve judgementRemember that you care a lot for your friend and that you want to help them Staying with someone Acknowledging your personal safetyKnow your boundariesGet support from professionals

UnhelpfulPressure them to snap out of it, get their act together, cheer up or calm down Stay away or avoid them Tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more Pressure them to party more or wipe out how theyre feeling with drugs or alcohol Assume the problem will just go away. Tell them they are being ridiculousIgnore them, when they tell you they are considering suicideTell them they are attention seekers Minimising situationIgnoring warning signs or requests for help

Resources list

Immediate Crisis supportsLGBTI organisationsSuicide Prevention ResourcesLGBTI Mental Health ResourcesLGBTI Medical Centres