What is MindMapBC?
MindMapBC is an online service finder which includes accessible and affirming mental health and substance use services and supports in British Columbia. All of the services listed on the site accept self-referrals, many are free or low-cost, and/or are affirming of LGBTQ2+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, Two-Spirit, and other gender- and sexually-diverse) people.
MindMapBC is motivated by research showing high rates of mental health concerns among people accessing sexual health services. We heard from both community members and health care providers that it can be difficult to find mental health services. In addition to barriers that are commonly experienced by people of all sexual orientations and gender identities (e.g., cost, accessible location, embarrassment/shame), LGBTQ2+ people may face particular barriers finding mental health services that are affirming of their sexual orientations or gender identities. The site is intended to help users locate mental health supports that are accessible and affirming.
What will the MindMapBC Advisory Group do?
The Advisory Group will be responsible for providing guidance and leadership regarding the maintenance and expansion of MindMapBC, including:
- Expanding the site to include more services;
- Establish process for identifying and assessing services that provide affirming support;
- Identify opportunities to develop resources and support materials for providers;
- Help set priorities for research and evaluation related to MindMapBC.
For more information, please read the advisory group Terms of Reference.
Please note that Advisory Group meetings will be held via Zoom and will require access to a computer and reliable internet.
Who can become a member of the MindMapBC Advisory Group?
Anyone with professional and/or lived experience related to LGBTQ2+ mental health is invited to apply. Members will be selected to ensure diverse geographic representation and to ensure representation from those who identify as: i. Trans, gender diverse, and/or non-binary; ii. Two-Spirit; iii. Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour; and iv. Youth.
How can I apply?
If you are interested in becoming involved, please complete this brief online questionnaire so that we can learn more about you: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/MindMapBC
Applications will be accepted until April 9th, 2021.
Who can I contact if I still have questions?
For more information contact Sarah Watt, Research Coordinator, at [email protected]