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Study on Supportive Places for LGBTQ Individuals who have Experience with Schizophrenia or Psychosis

Very little is known about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) persons living with schizophrenia or psychosis. The SSO, in partnership with Rainbow Health Ontario, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), York University, the University of Toronto, and the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario, is currently conducting a study to find out where and how LGBTQ people can find support. We are planning to interview 30 people individually, and conduct three group discussions. The three Ontario cities we are including in our study are Toronto, Ottawa and London.  We want to find out where LGBTQ individuals with schizophrenia and/or psychosis feel like they can be themselves, where they feel supported, where they don’t, and what supportive places should look like. This information will help to inform the development of spaces, communities and health services that are welcoming and supportive to the LGBTQ community.

If you would like to participate in this project, or would like to help us advertise it within your organization, please contact Janina Komaroff at1-800-449-6367 x 245 or jkomaroff@schizophrenia.on.ca or download our flyer.

For information on supportive services currently available to people who identify as LGBTQ, please refer to the Rainbow Health Ontario website.
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