Directory of Suicide Prevention and Support Services in Tasmania

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The Tasmanian Suicide Prevention Community Network (TSPCN) have put together a directory of suicide prevention and support services for people in Tasmania. Published in August 2015, the directory provides useful and up to date information on Tasmanian support services.

Download TSPCN Directory of Suicide Prevention Services [PDF]

For more information about TSPCN, visit http://www.suicidepreventiontas.org.au/

Gender Help for Parents

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Gender Help for Parents

Gender Help for Parents is a website created and maintained by “Australian parents who have struggled to find information about services and support for issues around their children’s gender identity.”

The aim of the website is to make gender identity information easily available for parents and carers. Some good starting pages to have a look at include:

The website also contains information on services for parents and young people in Australia, including services in Tasmania.

Information for Parents of Intersex Children – OII

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Organisation Intersex International Australia – Parents

Organisation Intersex International Australia’s website has an extensive list of resources and information for parents and families of intersex people. Resources include a handbook for parents, recorded parent talks and links to films by and about intersex people’s experiences.

From Blues to Rainbows: The Mental Health Needs of Young People With Diverse Gender

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From Blues to Rainbows was a national research project that aimed to redress the absence of positive, resilience-focused research for gender diverse and transgender young people. Download the From Blues to Rainbows report from beyondblue.

“From Blues to Rainbows found that half of the gender diverse and transgender young people surveyed were diagnosed with depression and two thirds had experienced verbal abuse.

Almost all of the 189 young Australians surveyed had experienced abuse because of their gender diversity, ranging from verbal threats to physical violence. One fifth had experienced physical abuse, and 90 per cent had thought about suicide in response to that experience of physical abuse. The street (40 per cent) and school (38 per cent) were the most common places for threats and harm to occur.

The report also found:

  • 66% of participants had seen a health professional for their mental health in the past year
  • 38% had suicidal thoughts and a quarter had spoken to a medical professional about it
  • One in three did not feel supported by their family and suffered much higher rates of stress, suicide and depression
  • 45% were diagnosed with anxiety compared with an average 25% of the population
  • 66% had experienced verbal abuse due to their gender identity
  • 62% had participated in some form of activism (e.g. participating in a march) which was a protective factor

However, the report also highlighted that parental, peer and school support can make a huge and positive impact to that young person’s wellbeing, as support from parents, peers and teachers was a major protective factor in their wellbeing.

The findings will be presented to policy makers and schools to suggest better supports for gender diverse and transgender young people and to educate teachers and parents, whose influence is crucial to the young person’s mental health and wellbeing”

Citation

Smith, E., Jones, T., Ward, R., Dixon, J., Mitchell, A., & Hillier, L. (2014). From Blues to Rainbows: Mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia. Melbourne: The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Being Me (ABC Four Corners)

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Being Me was a Four Corners documentary that originally aired on the ABC in November 2014. This critically acclaimed documentary explores the stories of several trans* children and their families.

View the episode free on the ABC Four Corners website.

“There are any number of self help books that will tell you how to find yourself.

But what if truly being yourself involved changing your gender? Would you have the courage to do it?

Eleven-year-old Isabelle does. To the world she looked like a young boy. But she knew that she was really a girl, and a year ago she told her parents the way she felt.

This week Four Corners reporter Janine Cohen tells Isabelle’s story and the story of the family, the doctor and ultimately the community that backed her decision to truly be herself.

Along the way we meet other people who’ve confronted the same feelings and discover that a growing and significant number of children are finding themselves in the same situation. Some find support from their parents and doctors. Others discover fear, prejudice and a legal system that doesn’t make it easy for them to be themselves.

For Isabelle, the decision to tell her story was not made lightly. She and her parents tell Four Corners that they are willing to speak about their experience so that others won’t feel alone and other transgender children can be helped and protected.

Doctors tell the program that trying to repress the feeling that you are trapped in the wrong body simply does not work. Instead, it can lead to self harm and even suicide.

Paediatricians also make it clear that timing is important. They explain that if children want to make a physical change, then treatment should begin at puberty. In that way, hormone treatments can be prescribed with far better results.

A senior judge tells Four Corners she is keen to see the law relating to transgender treatment tested sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, doctors and families warn the current legal situation is putting some children at risk.

Isabelle’s story is remarkable and inevitably raises many questions for families, doctors and society in general. Ultimately though, it’s a journey that shows courage and honesty is essential to triumph over ignorance. It’s a story that is not to be missed.”

Monash Gender Clinic

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Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic (http://www.monashhealth.org/page/gender_dysophoria)

This website provides a summary of the services provided by the Monash Gender Dysphoria Clinic based in Melbourne. It also provides a clear description of what is meant by ‘gender dysphoria’.

About The Clinic

“The Gender Dysphoria Clinic is part of the Monash Health network, in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. It also has links with the Monash University Department of Psychological Medicine. The clinic is the only government-funded clinic of its kind in Australia, and it also receives referrals from neighbouring States. The clinic aims to provide an assessment and treatment service for patients experiencing Gender Dysphoria.
The clinic’s primary client-base are those patients who have a strong and persistent wish to live as their non-birth-assigned gender, as well as a desire to make their body as congruent as possible with their affirmed gender. The clinic assesses patients and, where appropriate, assists them with the “transition process” from one gender to another, often through various gender reassignment steps including psychotherapy, hormone therapy and surgery.
The clinic has several permanent part-time staff members, as well as several clinical associates. All clinical staff, including associates, meet regularly in order to evaluate the progress of patients.
Procedures within the clinic are consistent with the Standards of Care guidelines published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health and endorsed by ANZPATH (Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health – www.anzpath.org).”

Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges

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Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges, produced by the Tasmanian Government Department of Education, provides guidelines for Tasmanian schools to enable them to be inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students, families and staff. The guidelines include information regarding legislation, research, providing a supportive school culture, and how schools will be measured on their improvement.

Visit the website: Tasmanian Government Department of Education

Download the Guidelines for Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity in Schools and Colleges [PDF]

 

Growing Up Queer

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Growing Up Queer was a national research study released in 2014 looking into the issues facing young Australians who are gender variant and sexuality diverse. It demonstrates the need for greater community education, training of educators, doctors and health professionals about the health and wellbeing issues facing young Australians who are gender variant and sexuality diverse.

Visit Growing Up Queer

Download Growing Up Queer research report (2014) [PDF]

 

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