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Other Resources

LGBT Mental Health Fact Sheet (Rainbow Health Ontario in partnership with Re:searching for LGBTQ Health, 2012).


A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2009). 


Pinder, S. (2014). The Pathways Project: Examining pathways to effective depression treatment for sexual minority women and trans people of all genders in Ontario. Toronto, ON: Re:searching for LGBTQ Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


  • This report documents the final results of the At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project, which examined Housing First as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada. The project followed more than 2,000 participants for two years, and was the world's largest trial of Housing First, with demonstration sites in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, MontrĂ©al, and Moncton.

LGBTQ people have specific life factors that relate to substance use and/or mental health issues. These factors include:


  • the "coming out" process
  • gender transition
  • societal oppression (e.g., homophobia, biphobia, transphobia)
  • threats to socioeconomic security (e.g., housing, employment) because of discrimination
  • internalized oppression
  • loss of family support
  • isolation and alienation
  • the predominance of bars in LGBTQ communities
  • body image
  • "passing"
  • concerns with aging
  • the impact of HIV and AIDS


- Adapted from Barbara, Doctor, & Chaim, 2007