Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada
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Researcher bios and how their research backgrounds relate to this study
Egale is Canada’s leading organization for 2SLGBTQI people and issues. We improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Our work helps create societies and systems that reflect the universal truth that all persons are equal and none is other.
Purpose of this research project
Egale Canada’s research team has just launched an online nationwide survey as one of the key research activities for its Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada project. This survey is open to 2SLGBTQI individuals across Canada and is focused on determining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on various factors which influence mental health, learning about the strategies people are using to protect and maintain their mental health and well-being, and determining how we can improve mental health services and supports for 2SLGBTQI people in Canada.
How this research will help LGBT2SQ people and communities
This national multi-year project seeks to identify and address 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
We are seeking participants who self-identify* as 2SLGBTQI [*Or anyone who identifies as a sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, sex characteristics (SOGIESC) minority], currently live in Canada, are at least 16 years of age, and have the capacity to consent to participation. We especially welcome the participation of 2SLGBTQI people who are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour, who are 55 and older, and who live in rural areas.
In appreciation of participation, eligible survey participants will be entered into a draw to win one of ten $200 gift cards and focus group participants will each receive a $50 gift card (physical or electronic, depending on preference).
While there is no risk of participating in this survey, some of the survey questions about your experiences during the pandemic or regarding mental health care could upset you. If you do feel upset at any time, you can access the resources below:
Call 2-1-1 or visit https://211.ca/#service-areas to connect to programs and services in your community.
LGBTQ2+ Youth Line Call Toll-Free: 1.800.268.9688 / In the Toronto Area: 416.962.9688 Text: 647.694.4275 TTY: 416.962.0777 E-mail: email@example.com Chat Online: Go to http://www.youthline.ca/ and click on the Chat button at the bottom/top of the page
Canada’s Trans Life Line (call 877-330-6366)
the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line (call 1-855-242-3310)
Crisis Services Canada (call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645 [call 1-866-277-3553 in Quebec])
Kids Help Phone (call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868).