Do You Mind? is a community mental health leadership program for young gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer (GBT2Q) men and masculine folks interested in being mental health-savvy knowledge holders and advocates. Throughout Do You Mind?, participants gain the health literacy, practical skills, and community networks needed to identify and collectively respond to the systemic and structural challenges impacting their health and that of their peers.
Over a range of sessions, participants complete a series of interactive workshops with community leaders to develop a critical understanding of GBT2Q health and learn practical strategies for health promotion including story-telling, listening, and community care. Upon completion of core training, Do You Mind? provides participants with opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills by developing their own community mental health promotion projects in partnership with local organizations in their cities/regions.
Piloted this year by CBRC in partnership with YouthCO in Vancouver, the EMHC in Edmonton and The Youth Project in Halifax, and with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Mental Health Innovation Fund. Do You Mind? is a revamp of Totally Outright with a renewed focus on mental health. CBRC continues to work closely with these partners to pilot launch and evaluate the impact of Do You Mind? on participants and the organizations that run the program. Over the coming months, we will be reviewing this data to identify ways to optimize the program to ensure it best responds to the needs of today’s generation of community mental health leaders.
For more information on this project, please contact Jason Garcia (firstname.lastname@example.org).