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The Suicide Closet: Effective suicide interventions for LGBTTIQA+ people - Hamilton

“Services will be responsive to people from different cultural backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives, for example, …Rainbow communities. All services will respect the cultural, gender and sexual orientation needs of the people being supported.”

He Ara Oranga Report of Government Enquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Recent studies show that mainstream services in New Zealand have not significantly improved in their service delivery to clients who are members of the rainbow communities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Takatāpui, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual - LGBTTIQA+). Many clinicians still fail to ask about gender or sexuality nor take into account the significance of these factors in assessing suicide risk.

Many LGBTTIQA+ people using mainstream services report feeling unsafe or that issues relating to their sexuality or gender are either stereotyped or misunderstood, adding extra stress in a time of acute distress.

Not all suicide risk factors are the same. Evidence shows that rainbow community members have additional risk factors that need to be considered in undertaking an assessment of suicide of risk.

Learn how the impact of discrimination, heteronormative assumptions, unconscious bias, internalised homo/bi/trans phobia heightens suicide risk and can impact on the therapeutic relationship.

With the current redesign of mental health and addiction services in this country, this is an opportune time to ensure that workers are LGBTTIQA+ suicide responsive.

Evaluation of this workshop shows that attendance is of benefit for LGBTTIQA+ service providers and workers in mental health, addiction, primary health, social and community services, education, youth sectors. Clinicians and support workers in DHB, PHO & NGO mental health services, Kauapapa Māori, Pasifika and primary mental health and addiction services are strongly encouraged to attend.

An advanced professional development opportunities with award winning and internationally recognised suicide prevention practitioner, Barry Taylor

Studies have shown that for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual and people of other diverse sexual and gender identifications (LGBTTIQA+ people) suicidal thinking, attempts and deaths are far more common than in the broader population. Transgender people have one of the highest risk of suicide among all subpopulations.

There are identified additional risk factors for suicide which often are far more influential in determining suicide therefore the use of a generic risk assessment tool may not assess accurately the suicide risk or acuity in an LGBTTIQA+ person.

This workshop provides participants the opportunity to gain insights and a theoretical analysis of the social and psychological determinants that influence suicide risk in LGBTTIQA+ people so to ensure that they undertake an accurate assessment.

Based on considered practice wisdom on working with LGBTTIQA+ people, the workshop will cover strategies that counsellors need to consider when providing crisis intervention or longer-term counselling or support with LGBTTIQA+ people experiencing suicidal ideation or behaviour. One critical factor is the importance that workers have a good understanding of how hetero and gender normative assumptions and unconscious bias can impact on the therapeutic relationship.

Learning Outcomes

​Workshop participants will be:

  • Knowledgeable of the social and psychological determinants that contribute to suicide risk and behaviour in LGBTTIQA+ people
  • Familiar with specific LGBTTIQA+ risk and protective factors to consider in a suicide risk assessment
  • Conscious of LGBTTIQA+ specific dynamics that may affect crisis interventions and longer-term support or clinical interventions with LGBTTIQA+ people experiencing suicidal ideation or behaviour
  • Cognisant of the grief issues and suicide contagion risk for LGBTTIQA+ people bereaved by suicide

​Topics covered:

  • Suicide in LGBTTIQA+ people – What is it and how is it explained
  • The role of social determinants in contributing to poor mental health outcomes and suicidality in LGBTTIQA+ people
  • Not all the same - understanding intersectionality of age, gender, cultural differences and ableness in LGBTTIQA+ suicide
  • Risk and Protective Factors for suicide in LGBTTIQA+ people – Additional considerations when undertaking suicide risk assessment in LGBTTIQA+ people
  • Unconscious bias and heteronormative assumptions and the therapeutic relationship
  • Intervention and support - Issues to consider when working with LGBTTIQA+ people experiencing suicidal ideation or behaviour.
  • Suicide contagion in LGBTTIQA+ communities

Work with rainbow communities to develop guidance on inclusive suicide prevention practices Action Area 6 He Tapu o te Oranga o ia tangata / Every Life Matters

Previous participants' feedback

“The easy to understand explanations of trans and intersex was most helpful and shed light on the experiences of groups that I knew little about” Clinical Psychologist

“Your openness and style of presentation created a safe environment to ask questions and for honest group discussion” Mental Health Nurse

“I wish there had been a course like this when I first started working in mental health. I have learnt so much” Social Worker

“Leaving even more determined to ensure my school is a safe place for our LGBTI students” School Counsellor

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes at the local and national level, especially creating collaborative partnerships to prevent or respond to suicide.

Barry has been a long term and passionate advocate of LGBTTIQA+ awareness within the field of suicide prevention. In the 1980s, he wrote the first ever New Zealand policy paper on suicide in gay and lesbian youth. He was instrumental in the establishment of the gay and lesbian youth groups throughout New Zealand and lead the organisation the country's first national gay youth conference. He has sat on the boards go national and international LGBTTIQA+ organisations. In 2011 he headed up MindOUT: LGBTI mental health and suicide prevention project in Australia. This project was a world first, with funding from a national suicide prevention strategy been specifically allocated for a national co-ordinated response to LGBTI suicide prevention and mental health.

He has advised governments on LGBTTIQA+ suicide prevention and wellbeing. As a health sociologist he has had an interest on the impact of social exclusion, discrimination on wellbeing and advocates for a human rights approach to wellbeing.



Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Payment: Payment is by either Visa or Mastercard.

Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At the payment method part of the registration process click on Change and select Pay By Invoice

Terms for Payment By Invoice

Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

By selecting Pay By Invoice the organisation agrees to the following conditions:

1. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

2. A Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.

3. By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below). Organisations who cancel within seven days of the workshop and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee are still obligated to pay the outstanding debt.

Catering: This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate in the registration process if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the registration closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietary requirements may not be able to be catered.

Scholarships: There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshop. Full scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers and volunteers. Partial scholarships of either 25% or 50% off the registration fee are available for full time tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses. Further information and how to apply for a scholarship is available on the TaylorMade website.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

Cancellation up to seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: Full Refund less $30 + GST admin fee

Cancellation within seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.

No show on the day of workshop: No refund

Cancellation of Workshop by TaylorMade: TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled, participants will be offered a refund either by way of a credit to attend another TMTC workshop (within 12 months of the cancelled workshop) or full refund of their registration fee. Refunds will made by electronic transfer into a bank account specified by the participant. TMTC accept no responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant as a result of a workshop cancellation.

Disclaimer: The information provided in the workshop handout notes and at the workshops are the views of the trainer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TaylorMade Training and Consulting. The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

Organiser Contact Details

Barry Taylor

Principal Consultant | TaylorMade Training and Consulting

Office: 04 280 0146 Mobile: 022 104 5060

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