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Thank you for your interest in our study, Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada.

About the Project

This national multi-year project seeks to identify critical mental health care and support gaps and ensure that 2SLGBTQI individuals’ unique needs for mental health and well-being are addressed. The Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada project will achieve this through:

  1. The provision of basic training to industry professionals
  2. Foundational research (including a national survey, regional focus groups with both 2SLGBTQI individuals and mental health service providers, and a community consultation event)
  3. The development of evidence-based and context-specific training and resources
  4. Partnership building
  5. Project evaluation

Project Updates

Data collection for this project is now complete. Over the last few months, we conducted a national survey of over 300 2SLGBTQI individuals across Canada and focus groups with 43 2SLGBTQI people and 12 mental health service providers. Together, the national survey and focus groups explore the various factors which influence health and well-being, the strategies 2SLGBTQI people are using to protect and maintain their mental health and well-being, as well as how we can improve mental health services and supports for 2SLGBTQI people in Canada.

Over the next few months, we will be analyzing the data from the survey and focus groups and preparing for a community consultation event to be held in January 2023. During this event, we will present our key findings to date. This virtual event will also be an opportunity for 2SLGBTQI communities to provide additional guidance and input into the training and resources we will offer to mental health and social service providers across Canada.

Project updates, including data briefs and findings summaries, will be uploaded to the site periodically.

Questions or comments?

This research study is being conducted by Kim Seida, PhD (candidate), Senior Research Officer, Mental Health at Egale Canada. If you have any questions about the study or have any concerns, please contact Kim Seida at kseida@egale.ca. You can also call Kim at (437) 900-1602. Please state your phone number in your message and we will get back to you. Concerns about the project can also be directed to CREO (email: creo@communitybasedresearch.ca | Phone number: 1-888-411-2736).

This project also included free webinars that wrapped up in July 2022. 1260 service providers from across the country took our trainings.