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LGBTTIQA+ / Rainbow Mental Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention





Standing Strong: Mental health, suicide prevention and mental wellbeing for LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow people Workshop Series

Designed specifically for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, takatāpui, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual and other expressions of diverse sexuality and gender. These practical workshops give insights into why we as LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow people experience more mental health issues, provides some practical suggestions about what we can to do to enhance our wellbeing and strategies to look after ourselves and others in our communities who are experiencing suicidal thinking, emotional distress, depression or anxiety.

These workshops are delivered on request.  Please contact Barry Taylor to discuss the possibility of having any of the workshops being delivered in your organisation or community. The workshop can be adapted to develop a tailor-made training programme to meet your community’s or organisation’s specific needs. The workshops can be delivered at weekends.

Workshop 1:    Rainbow Blues

While depression and anxiety are generally becoming a more common experience in people’s lives, for LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow people the rates of depression and anxiety are significantly higher.

For those experiencing the depression, their friends and partners, it can be a bewildering and frustrating time. This workshop provides some insights into understanding depression and anxiety, why it seems to affect more LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow people; helpful hints on living with depression and how to support someone who is depressed or has an anxiety disorder.

  • Increase your knowledge about depression and anxiety and how it impacts on a person’s well-being and their ability to function

  • Understand depression and anxiety from our lived experience of being lesbian, gay, bisexual, takatāpui, transgender, intersex, queer or asexual.

  • Be equipped with strategies on how to live with depression or anxiety

  • Feel more confident and competent in supporting someone who is depressed or has anxiety


Topics covered:

  • Sad, Miserable or Depressed: What’s the Difference

  • Understanding Depression and Anxiety

  • Living our Rainbow lives and the impacts on our mental wellbeing

  • Depressed but not defeated: Strategies for living with depression

  • Being there:  Supporting those we care about who live with depression


Target Audience:

LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow people who are living with depression and/or anxiety, along with their partners, friends, family and support people.


Workshop Length:     Minimum of three hours.

Workshop 2: Our Lives Matter: LGBTTIQA+ Action for preventing and responding to suicide in our communities

The suicide of someone has a devastating impact for all those connected the person.  It is known that for LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow people, suicide is far more common than in the broader population. While challenging there are things that we in the LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow communities can do.

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Workshop 3:    Proud and Thriving: Wellbeing for LGBTTIQA+ people

A two day participatory workshop for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, takatāpui, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual and other expressions of diverse sexuality and gender.

Our journeys to wellbeing as LGBTTIQA+ people can often take many different paths. Like many others who have experienced marginalization or discrimination, we have had to navigate through ignorance, prejudice and at times hatred or violence in order for us to be true to ourselves. These experiences can have a long term impact on how we see and value ourselves, the relationships we have and our overall physical, emotional and mental health. The over-representation of LGBTTIQA+ people in poor mental health and suicide statistics indicates that there is still much to be done to improve our wellbeing and resilience at both the individual and community levels.

Drawing on the a holistic model of wellbeing and using a critique of heteronormative models of wellbeing, the workshop provides an opportunity to discuss, share and learn about how we can incorporate wellbeing practices in our lives. Using narrative techniques we will make the links between our experience and internalizing of factors such as homo/trans phobia, how we experience perceptions of ourselves now and its impact on our wellbeing and the relationships in our lives.

Workshop covers:

  • A strength-based inclusive vision for wellbeing

  • Wellbeing for us as LGBTTIQA+ people – What do we need to maximise our wellbeing?

  • Proud and thriving – our journeys of coming into our true selves

  • Intersections of our lives – where sexuality, gender identity, culture, age and ableness meet

  • The journey to self-loving – the impact of internalised homo/trans phobia

  • Fearful no more – Navigating the world of homo / transphobia, personal and institutional discrimination

  • Victims no more – claiming our self determination

  • We are all just a little bit fucked – living and celebrating our flaws and living with others and cherishing their flaws – steps to healthy relationships

  • Minority stress – what is it and what we can do about it

  • Trauma: understanding the impact of trauma in our lives and strategies to respond to the trauma

    • Coming out related trauma

    • Hate speech and hate crime

    • Violence

    • Abuse

  • The Wheel of Wellbeing – Incorporating wellbeing practices into our daily life

Target Audience:        LGBTTIQA+/Rainbow community members and leaders, friends, family and support people.

Workshop Length:     The workshop is best delivered as a 2 day workshop to allow the most for group participation and engaging in the process but can be delivered in a day.