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Title: Lean on Me: Exploring Suicide Prevention and Mental Health-Related Peer Support in Melbourne's LGBTQ Communities   (PDF File 861.0 KB)

Author(s): Shane Worrell Andrea Waling Joel Anderson Jackson Fairchild Anthony Lyons Christopher A. Pepping Adam Bourne

Subject(s): LGBTI community; Trans community; Young people

Description: Lean on Me: Exploring Suicide Prevention and Mental Health-Related Peer Support in Melbourne’s LGBTQ Communities examines the experiences of people who help others during a mental health crisis. Drawing on data from 25 interviews and a survey of more than 300 people, this report focuses specifically on how LGBTQ people who provide peer support are impacted by doing so. Lean on Me demonstrates that burnout is a common negative impact of suicide prevention and mental health-related peer support in an LGBTQ context. This report explores the genesis of such burnout, considering how and why the need for peer support is so great within LGBTQ communities in Melbourne. The findings chapters of this report explore the context in which peer support roles are performed, the pressures community members face when being leant on and the ways in which those experiencing burnout from providing support seek to mitigate its impacts. We highlight the need for people performing peer-support roles to themselves be helped, to prevent burnout and to make support roles more sustainable. Thus, Lean on Me makes recommendations about how those being leant on can be better supported in roles that are meaningful to them – and even a matter of life and death for their fellow community members. Lean on Me received generous support from North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) through the Australian Government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial.

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Year of publication: 2021

Title: Writing Themselves In 4: the health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia. South Australia summary report.   (PDF File 4.9 MB)

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Subject(s): LGBTI community; Trans community; Young people

Description: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia aged 14-21. This is the South Australia report.

Publication type: Monograph

Year of publication: 2010

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Title: Writing Themselves In 4: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia. National report.   (PDF File 9.5 MB)

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Subject(s): LGBTI community; Trans community; Young people

Description: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia aged 14-21. This is the national report.

Publication type: Monograph

Year of publication: 2010

Title: Writing Themselves in 3   (PDF File 2.9 MB)

Author(s): Lynne Hillier, Tiffany Jones, Marisa Monagle, Naomi Overton, Luke Gahan, Jennifer Blackman, Anne Mitchell.

Subject(s): Young people

Description: The third national study on the health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people.

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Year of publication: 2010

Title: Writing Themselves In 4: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia. New South Wales summary report   (PDF File 5.0 MB)

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Subject(s): LGBTI community; Trans community; Young people

Description: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia aged 14-21. This is the NSW report.

Publication type: Monograph

Year of publication: 2010

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Title: Writing Themselves In 4: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia. Victoria summary report.   (PDF File 4.9 MB)

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Subject(s): LGBTI community; Trans community; Young people

Description: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia aged 14-21. This is the Victoria report.

Publication type: Monograph

Year of publication: 2010

Title: Writing Themselves In 4: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia. Australian Capital Territory summary report.   (PDF File 4.8 MB)

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Subject(s): LGBTI community; Trans community; Young people

Description: The health and wellbeing of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia aged 14-21. This is the ACT summary report.

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Year of publication: 2010

Title: Writing Themselves In Again – 6 years on. The 2nd national report on the sexual health and wellbeing of same-sex attracted young people in Australia   (PDF File 1.8 MB)

Author(s): Lynne Hillier, Alina Turner, Anne Mitchell

Subject(s): Young people

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Writing Themselves In Again - 6 years on: the 2nd national report on the sexuality, health and well-being of same sex attracted young Australians is the follow up report to a similar study conducted in 1998. This earlier report documented the experiences of 750 young people at home, at school and in the community and revealed a number of negative experiences and concerning health outcomes for these young people. The dissemination of this research was at least partially responsible for a number of positive changes in support for same sex attracted young people (SSAY) in the following years. The purpose of repeating the survey in 2004 was to explore the extent to which these changes have made a difference.

Publication type: Monograph

Year of publication: 2005

Title: Writing Themselves In – A national report on the sexuality, health and wellbeing of same-sex attracted young people (Re-printed 2002)   (PDF File 3.0 MB)

Author(s): Lynne Hillier, Deborah Dempsey, Lyn Harrison, Lisa Beale, Lesley Matthews, Doreen Rosenthal

Subject(s): Young people

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These surveys sought information regarding sexual feelings and experiences as well as sexual and drug-taking practices in regard to STDs (including HIV) and related diseases. The source and adequacy of sexual health information for this group and their levels of support and experiences of abuse and discrimination were also elicited. The survey also charted young people’s perceptions of their quality of life and emotional well-being. In addition, participants were also asked to write stories about their experiences, including when they first knew about their sexual feelings, their relationships with family and friends, and their hopes for the future.

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Year of publication: 1998