September 20, 2017
11:00 am to 12:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Gay Canada Minds: Community Based Initiatives for GBTQ2S Men’s Wellness
About the Session:
Gay, bisexual, trans, queer, 2-spirits and other men who have sex with men (GBTQ2S) show higher distress rates than heterosexual men. To better understand this reality, Dr. Barry Adam will host a panel on GBTQ2S men’s mental health and syndemics. Community service providers will complete the panel and will share results from their GBTQ2S mental health-related initiatives. In Vancouver, the campaign “Take Time for Your Mind” promotes wellness by encouraging GBTQ2S to take part in physical, spiritual, counselling and social activities. In Toronto, four semi-directed support groups address mental health issues relevant to GBTQ2S: Anxiety, Depression, Body Image, and Crystal Meth & Sex. In Ottawa, a Mental Health Navigation Hub offers GBTQ2S adapted and warm referrals to mental health services and to community groups and activities. In Montréal, monbuzz.ca offers GBTQ2S substance users the possibility to self-screen and to have brief online support with peers. Efforts accompany these projects to raise awareness and train service providers around GBTQ2S mental health.
Barry D. Adam is Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Windsor, and Senior Scientist and Director of Prevention Research at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and recipient in 2012 of the Community Partners Award of the Ontario AIDS Network and in 2013, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Aaron Purdie is the program manager of mental health programs, policies, and advocacy and advancement at Health Initiative for Men (HIM), based in Vancouver, BC. Aaron is also a clinical counsellor in private practice. His areas of expertise are: Narrative therapy, trauma informed care, eating disorders, sex and sexuality, disability, and talk based prevention.
Vincent Francoeur is an undergraduate from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in sexology. His career focused mainly on queer men sexual and mental health. He currently works part time at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and pursues a Master of Education in Counseling and Psychology at OISE.
Derek Cassidy is the mental health navigator at MAX, Ottawa’s health connection for guys into guys. Since 2013, Derek has been working for and with GBTQ2S men in Ottawa doing harm reduction work, HIV and sexual health education, and online and offline outreach.
Mathieu Goyette is an assistant professor in the addiction’s studies and research programs of Université de Sherbrooke. Coming originally from the area of sexual deviance, its research program focuses on the study of the links between addiction and sexual health by the use of new technologies.
Alexandre Dumont-Blais is codirector of Communications and Administration at RÉZO – Santé et mieux être des hommes gais et bisexuels, cis et trans, based in Montreal. He has coordinated several gay men’s health communication strategies. He is currently involved is MONBUZZ.ca, an online resource for GBTQ2S substance users. Alexandre holds a Masters in Public Communications and International Journalism.