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Confirmation of Candidature - Candidate : Gerhard Grimm

Exploring the Lived Experience of Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours as an LGBTIAQ+ Individual
31 OCT 2022
2.00 PM - 3.30 PM
Approximately 3,000 people die by suicide yearly in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2021). Thus, suicide remains a significant public health issue in Australia. However, these population-level statistics do not capture the fact that some marginalised groups and communities have not only different experiences of suicidality but often higher rates of death by suicide (Green et al., 2022). One marginalised community with a higher rate of death by suicide when compared to the general population is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, and Questioning (LGBTIQA+) communities (Green et al., 2022). The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts is approximately 11%-20% among sexual minority individuals and 40% among gender minority individuals (Hottes et al., 2016). This thesis will use a scoping review as its leading research component. The lived experience approach in this research represents explores an individual's experiences, choices, and options and how they influence a person's perception of suicidality (Givens, 2008). The scoping review will chart what is currently known about the lived experience of suicidal thoughts and behaviours as an LGBTIQA+ individual. It follows Arksey and O'Malley's (2005) six-stage scoping review methodology, with enhancements proposed by Levac et al. (2010) and Peters et al. (2021).