1 October 2020.

This review of the literature on suicide prevention programs targeting people who identify as LGBTQI found scant research in this area. However, the available evidence allows tentative directions to be drawn to guide prevention efforts targeting this group. Studies included in the review looked at legislative initiatives (e.g. same-sex marriage), community programs and therapeutic interventions. Legislation was found to play an important role by promoting equality and prohibiting discrimination and school based programs appear to show promise in reducing suicide among LGBQTI youth. Overall, the review found that more work is needed in developing and evaluating suicide prevention programs for LGBQTI communities.

Citation: Melvin GA, Tatnell R, Clancy E, Bush R, Zanetti N et al. Assessing the availability and efficacy of LGBTQI specific suicide prevention programs: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2020.

Date of publication: June 2020