Suicide risk and the transgender community

Suicide risk and the transgender community

This seminar will be presented by Dr Ada Cheung and Sav Zwickl

from 1.00pm to 2.00pm Wednesday 1 September 2021.

All welcome.

Via Zoom

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Being transgender is part of the natural spectrum of human diversity and there is nothing inherent to being trans that makes a person more likely to experience poor mental health. The transgender community is, however, one of the most socially and medically marginalised groups in Australian society, and this results in staggeringly high rates of depression, self-harm, and most alarmingly, nearly half of transgender Australians have attempted suicide.

In this presentation we will provide an overview of our research into the factors associated with an increased risk of suicidality and discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health of the Australian transgender community.

We will also examine why many transgender people avoid mainstream mental health services and opt for severely under-resourced and under-funded LGBTIQA+ services and peer support.

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