Beyondblue has rejected claims it has ignored the GLBT community in ongoing mental health initiatives.
The charity said one reason GLBT depression strategies had not been undertaken was because there was no consistent national research.
Beyondblue CEO Leonie Young told Southern Star the organisation was releasing commissioned national research into the area.
-œEveryone agrees that anecdotally there is a group of young people at risk and we need to be doing better. We’re a national organisation and looking at adding value to what’s being done, rather than starting again, she said.
Gay rights campaigner Rob Mitchell said he was outraged beyondblue had taken so long to act on depression in the GLBT community, particularly among young people.
-œI think it’s morally bankrupt that young gay and lesbian kids have to kill themselves on a nationally consistently level before they act, he said. -œThere is plenty of research already available to back this up.