​Tiwhanawhana Inc with the Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Tiwhanawhana Inc with the Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Research evidence and community experience suggests that Takatāpui (Māori who are LGBTQI - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Intersex) are at significantly higher risk of mental distress and suicide than Māori who are heterosexual and non-transgender. 

Takatāpui experience particularly high risk of suicide and suicidal behaviour because they are a doubly stigmatised population. Takatāpui can experience rejection from their whānau and communities, and can also experience discrimination from within the wider rainbow or LGBTQI communities in Aotearoa. 

Prevailing myths imply that diverse sexuality and gender identity are a cause of mental health problems and elevated suicide risk. Takatāpui rangatahi can grow up thinking suicide is a likely trajectory because on top of being Māori, there is something inherently wrong with them.

Takatāpui 101 aimed to address the chronic suicide risk faced by Takatāpui communities by increasing understanding and acceptance of Takatāpui, and reducing discrimination, social exclusion and rejection, which are understood to be the cause of elevated suicide risk. 

This Waka Hourua project was a print and web resource for Takatāpui, their whānau and communities, sharing their stories and informing and educating about Takatāpui identity, wellbeing and suicide prevention. The resource provided, accessible information and personal stories to increase understanding, visibility and knowledge of Takatāpui identity. It will help whānau understand how to make homes, marae, churches, sports teams and schools safer places for Takatāpui


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