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DLSPH, Room 507 & on Zoom
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  • May 2, 2024 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm


The 2SLGBTQ+ Health Hub presents…

MindMapBC: Mapping Two-Spirit, trans, and queer affirming mental health supports in BC

Two-Spirit, trans, and queer people have good reason to doubt whether mental health services will affirm their identities and expressions. MindMapBC was created to clarify how mental health practitioners are doing just that. In this presentation, we will review:

1) the rationale for creating MindMapBC;
2) the core features of MindMapBC; and
3) successes and challenges with the site.

Samira Karsiem (she/her) is a Community Engagement Specialist at the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity in Vancouver, BC. She works with MindMapBC which focuses on 2S/LGBTQ+ experiences with mental health care, and IRIS which focuses on immigrant healthcare experiences. She is passionately working towards health equity for marginalized communities, and has spent the past few years helping to ensure that community voices are centred in health research. She completed her BA at the University of Toronto in Political Science and Health Studies, and her MPH at Simon Fraser University.

Travis Salway (he/him), Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, is a social epidemiologist who works to understand and improve the health of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (2S/LGBTQ) populations. In 2019-2020, he testified for two standing committees of the Canadian House of Commons, to inform federal policy to promote 2S/LGBTQ health equity. This resulted in the passage of Bill C-4, making it a crime to perpetrate anti-2S/LGBTQ practices, otherwise known as “conversion therapy.” Travis directs the REAFFIRM Collaborative, an interdisciplinary team studying effects of 2S/LGBTQ identity (in)validation.