Community-Centred Responses to 2SLGBTQ+ COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts

Community-Based Research Centre 

Community Centred Responses to 2SLGBTQ+ COVID 19 Mental Health Impacts

Seeking to enhance mental health knowledge and capacity, and improve mental health outcomes for this population.

This pan-Canadian project includes resource development, knowledge sharing, and the adaptation and delivery of ‘Investigaytors‘, a 2SLGBTQ+–focused community health leadership program. Through Investigaytors, local and regional delivery partners in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia will deliver a curriculum that seeks to enhance mental health knowledge and capacity, and improve mental health outcomes. The curriculum also includes training on how to develop and deliver mental health promotion interventions to address the mental health needs and experiences of their peers. As part of this work, the project will work with Two-Spirit and Indigenous partners to develop and deliver an adaptation of Investigaytors that incorporates Indigenous research methodologies and ways of knowing to reach Two-Spirit communities more effectively with culturally safe mental health knowledge and interventions. In addition to reaching 13,000 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, the project will also develop and mobilize 2SLGBTQ+ mental health resources—from webinars and research summaries to an online information hub—to increase the knowledge and capacity of ~11,000 stakeholders (service providers, researchers, healthcare providers, and policymakers) across Canada.




Open to all 2SLGBTQ+ populations, special roll out for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations



Program takes the CBRC’s already existing “Investigaytors” program that builds capacity among the existing population to deliver mental health interventions. With consultation from Indigenous and Two Spirit community leaders and members, CBRC will incorporate Indigenous knowledge paradigms and the program will be rolled out with these adjustments in order to better suit the needs of this population.


  1. Leverage CBRC’s national 2SLGBTQ+ COVID-19 Survey data, alongside other CBRC research assets, to identify key COVID-19 impacts on 2SLGBTQ+ mental health and well-being, including among sub-communities who bear a disproportionate burden of negative mental health outcomes.
  2. Leverage CBRC’s engagement with 2SLGBTQ+ communities and knowledge mobilization infrastructure to develop new and scaled-up existing 2SLGBTQ+ mental health service provider resources to increase the knowledge and capacity of service providers to deliver culturally competent and safe care.



  • Virtual
  • Online
  • Community

Implementation sites

  • Toronto, ON
  • Montreal, ON
  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Vancouver, BC
  • Halifax, NS
  • Nationally


  • Impacts of societal stigma, discrimination, and minority stress, mean that Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer (2SLGBTQ+) communities experience health inequities when compared to their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts
  • Even more true of mental health, where 2SLGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to experience mental health challenges and display different patterns of mental health service access
  • Additionally, mental health inequities are not only experienced by 2SLGBTQ+ people en masse but these disparities also exist within 2SLGBTQ+ communities, with Indigenous, racialized, trans, and gender-diverse individuals more likely to experience poorer mental health outcomes


In the words of the project team members

“One of the things that’s really exciting about this opportunity for this particular funding, is to be able to work with our young participants to have an opportunity to look at how COVID has impacted the mental health and wellness of them, of their communities, their friends, the people they love and care about, and to think about how we could build out different resources or opportunities to provide care for those who have been impacted by mental health”

Key protective factors

  • Identity and purpose
  • Meaning and belonging
  • Self determination
  • Supportive relationships in the community.

Key approaches

  • Trauma-informed















Marie Geoffroy



Public Health Agency of Canada news release