Healthy Relationships Plus Program Implementation Study

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Conference Proceeding

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Many LGBTQ+ youth experience mental health challenges (e.g., depression, anxiety, self-harm, attempting or dying by suicide, etc.) due to homophobia, heterosexism, heteronormativity, transphobia, cissexism, and cisnormativity, and other interlocking oppressions (e.g., racism, colonialism, ableism, sexism, etc.). Due to prejudicial attitudes and beliefs, LGBTQ+ youth may experience interpersonal issues with family members, peers, classmates, co-workers, etc. The HRP for LGBTQ+ Youth was designed to support queer, trans, and gender diverse youth as they navigate and cope with LGBTQ+-based oppression. Since youth groups and GSAs are ‘safer’ venues for LGBTQ+ youth to find support and develop relationships with like-minded folks, they are ideal sites to administer a program that seeks to bolster positive mental health and relationship development among queer, trans, and gender diverse youth.


Knowledge Summary presented as part of the Canadian Conference on Promoting Healthy Relationships for Youth, February 2017, London, ON