A whole community approach

We are working to prevent suicide and improve the lives of people who are LGBTIQ+. Find out more about our organisation and this campaign below.

National suicide prevention trials

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) work across Australia to improve the health and wellbeing of people in each region.

Here at North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN), one of our priorities is to prevent suicide and improve the lives and mental health outcomes of people who are LGBTIQ+.

In partnership with LGBTIQ+ communities in our region, we are leading change through a National Suicide Prevention Trial. It includes a Suicide Aftercare Program, mentorship with young LGBTIQ+ people, and affirmative practice training for health professionals.

Find out more about the trial on our website, including our partners, and the training and resources available.

You can also learn about the Melton Brimbank and Macedon Ranges Place-based Suicide Prevention Trials.

Inspiring people to change for good

The Speaking Up Speaks Volumes campaign has been developed by The Shannon Company with support from Benedictus Media and BehaviourWorks Australia.

About this campaign

Research has shown that suicide prevention addressed through grass roots communities has the best chance of success. The Speaking Up Speaks Volumes campaign is based on this. We are working to raise awareness and activate silent supporters in the wider community to change behaviour that excludes, discriminates or isolates people who are LGBTIQ+.

The campaign is informed by the LGBTIQ+ Taskforce Framework, which the taskforce developed by reviewing literature and research, and engaging with many stakeholders. We also sought feedback on the campaign’s concepts from more than 1000 people in the wider community.

We have taken a strength-based approach to suicide prevention and community awareness of LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing. Our aim is to change local community behaviours from tolerance to acceptance to support.

The campaign will be formally evaluated so it can be shared, used and improved to support other communities.

If you would like to know more about us, the trial or how to get involved, please email us.

Image above: Sam, Isabelle and Daisy from LGBTIQA+ Allied Health ‑ VIC Mind Australia. Photo by Leigh Henningham.

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Many of us want to live in a diverse inclusive society but are often silent in our support. By speaking up, we can make it happen. We can change and save lives.

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