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Child & Youth Mental Health & Addictions
Please visit our Child & Youth Mental Health & Addictions section within Mental Health and Addictions for an overview of our implementation of the Integrated Child and Youth Mental Health and Addictions Direction 2013-2023, including more information on our vision, governance, resources and more.
Symposium Presentations – better health for Lesbian and Gay Community
Research consistently indicates that lesbians and gay men have consistently higher rates of suicide, mental health, and addiction problems caused by bullying, social stigma, and isolation. This seems to be equally true for other people who identify as LGBTTI – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, takatapuhi, and intersex. Alongside Affinity services, a mental health NGO, and community groups, Rainbow Youth, OUTline, as well as the Mental Health Foundation, Auckland DHB sponsored a Symposium to better understand the health needs and preferred outcomes for the LGBTTI community. Presentations from the event can be found on the Mental Health Foundation website.
Auckland DHB is implementing a range of improvements to its Mental Health and Addiction Services for non-heterosexual people after a report identified some barriers to treatment for rainbow communities. The DHB commissioned experienced mental health professionals Anna Birkenhead and Diana Rands to identify the ways in which it could improve access to mental health and addiction services for rainbow communities, a term which includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. As a result of the report, which recommended better training for staff and improved advocacy for rainbow people, new guidelines and training tools have been created and a role established to provide support for people from these communities. The new set of best-practice guidelines has been established to create a more inclusive environment for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities; ensure “rainbow-sensitive” practices by creating an audit tool and “quick guide” for staff; and support the development of inclusive policies and procedures.