Queerying Public Health Speaker Series presents…
‘Bridging Community-Based Research and Training Curriculum Development to “Queer” Mental Healthcare with Kim Seida’
In the current context of national anti-2SLGBTQI movements and rhetoric, 2SLGBTQI people are being systematically marginalized and excluded from Canadian mental health care and social services. To address these challenges, Egale Canada’s researchers and instructional designers co-developed a cost-free and self-led virtual training program for mental health and social service providers across Canada. The bilingual training program is based on research conducted between 2021 – 2022 with 2SLGBTQI service seekers as well as 2SLGBTQI and allied service providers, giving participants a space to share their experiences regarding the pandemic’s wide-ranging impacts on mental health and well-being. The Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada training is a four-module interactive program incorporating both service recipients’ and providers’ experiences, challenges, and priorities for change. Egale’s training serves as a critical intervention to support the health and well-being of 2SLGBTQI communities by addressing key training and knowledge gaps among frontline service providers, managers, and decision-makers. This talk will provide an overview of the research findings emerging from Egale Canada’s Queering Mental Health Supports in Canada project. It will also provide an overview of both training content development and scope of training content.