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RFP – Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Tool Kit for the Transgender Community in the Waterloo Region

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Apply by May 7, 2021 at 5PM ET. More details here and in attached file.

SPECTRUM is an organization that serves, affirms, and supports the well-being of LGBTQ2+ individuals in Waterloo Region and the broader community through peer support, community partnerships, education and training, resources, and events

Based on documents like the Trans Pulse Study and the Outlook Symposium Report, as well as anecdotal information from our drop-in groups, we have seen many examples that suggest a large population in the transgender community, including those in Waterloo Region have not come out as transgender. Of those who have, a significant portion feel unsupported or experience abuse. This subjects these people to high levels of mental health stress if they are in the closet, and risk of abuse (mental and physical) if they are out of the closet. This is especially true of people in racialized groups. This situation has been aggravated by the isolation due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and the resulting close contact of individuals living in unsupportive or abusive environments.

The purpose of this project is two-fold:

1. Develop, publish, and analyze a survey directed at the transgender community in Waterloo Region. The survey will ask in an anonymous way about the effects that COVID-19 isolation is having on their mental and physical health. We also want to find out if they are experiencing higher levels of abuse from people within their social bubble or if they are practicing self-harm or if they are having suicidal thoughts. We want to use this information to shape the second component of the work this grant will fund. Note that a sub selection of respondents could be requested to do follow-up interviews helping us to gain further insight, if possible, into these abuses.

2. Based on this information, supported by research into information generally available on this subject, develop a tool kit focused on mental health promotion and suicide prevention to be used by transgender identifying folks, mental and medical health professionals, and transgender allies.

3. During the assessment, where gaps are discovered in programs and services list ways that SPECTRUM can improve its offerings to address these shortfalls.