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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

We have exciting news! The Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada Research Report is now available! This report provides details on what we heard from 2SLGBTQI folks across the country throughout the research phase of this project. Please click below to read the English report, and please visit to read the French report.

Please stay tuned for additional resources, including data briefs based on what we heard from participants in the survey and focus groups.

Research Report

Previous Updates

Summer 2022

We conducted a national survey of over 300 2SLGBTQI individuals across Canada and focus groups with 42 2SLGBTQI people and 19 mental health service providers.

January 2023

We hosted a virtual community consultation event attended by 34 2SLGBTQI individuals and service providers from across Canada.

Key takeways from our community consultation event:

  • Egale’s training must be rooted in a strengths-based, trauma-informed, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and intersectional approach.
  • Relationship- and trust-building is an important part of cultural responsiveness and being a safer mental healthcare provider.
  • 2SLGBTQI people seeking mental healthcare have diverse needs that evolve over the life course and are dependent on a wide range of factors, including geographical location, ethnicity, income, disability, and age. Because of this diversity, there is a need for specialized training, services, and care.
  • Egale’s training needs to include a comprehensive evaluative component that assesses what learners have changed in their practice and service delivery over time.

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 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: | 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.