Support LGBTQ2S+ Mental Health this Pride Month
To celebrate Pride Month, the Canadian Mental Health Association Kenora is placing a focus on LGBTQ2S+ mental health. While LGBTQ2S+ people can have experiences with mental health and mental illness as varied as people in the general population, they are disproportionately affected by mental health struggles due to factors related to their identity such as discrimination, internalized oppression, anxiety around coming out, and barriers to gender-affirming care.
It can be incredibly isolating not feeling like you are able to express your genuine sense of who you are or who you love, so at CMHA Kenora we want to encourage everyone to show their support for LGBTQ2S+ individuals with the message “Be You.” While no one should ever feel pressured to come out before they are ready, we want to celebrate all the different ways that people identify and express their authentic selves when they feel safe and comfortable doing so.
Pride tank tops that say: “Be You,” and pride-themed socks are both available as part of a fundraiser we are doing to support LGBTQ2S+ mental health. Wear the tanks and socks to show your support or to express your own pride! All proceeds will go to CMHA Kenora to be used towards causes that benefit the mental health of LGBTQ2S+ clients and community members, such as transportation for clients who need gender affirming surgeries, prevention initiatives that focus around LGBTQ2S+ related issues, and training that ensures the mental health care we provide is sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ2S+ people.
We thank everyone for their support of this initiative and wish all LGBTQ2S+ individuals a happy Pride!
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