- Extra specialist mental health services to support the wellbeing of WA's LGBTI community
- Nearly $600,000 in funding provided to help support vulnerable Western Australians
The McGowan Labor Government today boosted support for Western Australia's LGBTI community, ahead of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.
Mental health services for LGBTI communities have been increased to support people who may be experiencing harm, discrimination or distress during the survey period.
The WA AIDS Council has been provided $30,000 to deliver increased mental health awareness and support to those who need it, and an extra $30,000 has been provided to Living Proud to undertake health promotion and training specifically for LGBTI people.
The McGowan Labor Government will also provide $250,000 in suicide prevention training grants for community organisations.
The grants provide financial support to initiatives that help build resilience and other protective factors against the risk of suicide within their own communities.
This follows the establishment of a new two-year $282,000 pilot project earlier in the year, to help improve mental health and wellbeing, and prevent suicide among LGBTI youth in regional areas.
For more information and guidelines on how to apply, visit http://www.mhc.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Even though I don't support the survey, it doesn't mean we can ignore it.
"The process has already created a situation we always wanted to avoid - where many in the LGBTI community are being forced to experience a hurtful and cruel campaign.
"We are sending an important signal over the coming months that it's okay to seek help and there is extra support available.
"The LGBTI community experience higher rates of mental health issues than the general population, and this is due in part to experiences of discrimination and exclusion.
"The McGowan Government is committed to helping all Western Australians to have access to appropriate mental health support and services."
Minister's office - 6552 6500