Webinar 20: Diversity Online – Psychological Support for LGBTI+ People
Members of the LGBTI+ community experience higher levels of depression, anxiety, psychological distress and suicidality than are present in the general population. They also face significant difficulties in accessing care that meets their needs.
This webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss the special mental health needs of LGBTI+ people and provide some insight into the style of care delivery that will benefit them most.
Several online services provide specific mental health help for LGBTI+ people. Our special guest panellists will include Sally Morris, National Project Co-ordinator of mindOUT, a project of the LGBTI Alliance which works to improve the capacity of the mental health and suicide prevention organisations to identify, respond to and address the mental health and wellbeing needs of LGBTI people.
Also on the panel will be Stella Topaz, National Project manager for QLife, a national organisation which provides online and telephone counselling for LGBTI+ people, their families and friends.
Very few specific online therapy programs for LGBTI+ people exist. We will have an opportunity to discuss some of the reasons for this and the desirable characteristics of such a program.e-Mental Health
To participate in this webinar, GPs need to have some level of familiarity with e-Mental Health. This can be gained by:
- watching a previously delivered live webinar
- watching an on-demand recording of a previously delivered webinar
- reading the article ‘e-mental Health for mood and anxiety disorders in general practice’, published in AFP
- reading the article ‘e-Mental Health – What is it and why do we need it?’, published on FOAM4GP
The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs and Allied Health Workers need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.
- e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
- there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
- a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
- GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.
GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact, any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.