308. Hon ALISON XAMON to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Mental Health:
I refer to “Suicide Prevention 2020” and to the identification within that plan of LGBTI people as a priority population. Will the minister please advise what government funding is available for the provision of specialised services for LGBTI people in the following subcategories: counselling; peer-based support; advocacy; and any other suicide prevention and early intervention initiatives?
Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
The Mental Health Commission has advised that in 2016 – 17 it provided the following funding: $173 619 to the Western Australian AIDS Council for counselling, peer-based support and early intervention initiatives; $40 000 to the Freedom Centre — Western Australian AIDS Council, $17 286.50 to the Western Australian AIDS Council, and $12 760 to the Albany Family Domestic Violence Action Group, for peer-based support; $19 291 to the Western Australian AIDS Council for advocacy, including mental health promotion; and $24 588 in grant funding for peer-based support to Living Proud for suicide prevention training. Under the statewide suicide prevention strategy, a further grants application round will be released in the September quarter of 2017.