Do You Mind?
This project aims to adapt an existing successful community health leadership program to focus on the mental health of queer and trans youth aged 18-24. This new adaptation, called “Do You Mind?”, will be tested through delivery in three regions of the country: BC (by YouthCo), Alberta (by EMHC), and Nova Scotia (by the Youth Project).
Youth participating in the program will: build connections with peers, community leaders, and service providers; improve their health literacy through participating in a mental health promotion curriculum; and develop practical skills to promote mental health within their communities. Participants from each delivery site will conclude the program by applying their new knowledge and skills through the development and implementation of their own community mental health pilot interventions.
To support the development and delivery of these pilot interventions, each delivery site will establish a multi-sectoral community mental health team of healthcare and service providers. These teams will provide guidance, support, and access to professional networks for youth participants during this phase of the project.
At the conclusion of the project, learnings will be shared with the broader public health sector to stimulate improved programming, policy, and practice in queer and trans youth mental health. Additionally, the project will evaluate the community mental health pilot interventions developed and delivered at each site and develop a community inventory of effective mental health interventions which can be scaled up through future project phases.
Lead organization: Community-Based Research Centre Society