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CMHA NS Division celebrates Pride

During the month of June CMHA Nova Scotia Division joins individuals and organizations around the world in celebrating the history, courage and diversity of Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQIA+) individuals.

While Pride festivals across the province recognize Nova Scotia’s 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, it’s important to note that 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals continue to face specific mental health issues and barriers for accessing supports.

2SLGBTQIA+ people are as diverse as the general Canadian population in their experiences of mental health and well-being but they face higher risks for some mental health issues due to the effects of discrimination and the social determinants of health.

Additional factors that may impact on mental health and well-being for 2SLGBTQIA+people include the process of “coming out” (sharing one’s 2SLGBTQIA+ identity with others), gender transition, internalized oppression, isolation and alienation and loss of family or social supports. 2SLGBTQIA+people may also experience other forms of marginalization – such as racism, sexism, poverty or other factors – alongside homophobia or transphobia that negatively impact on mental health.

Consider becoming involved during Pride Month 2024 by actively supporting the community:

For more on 2SLGBTQIA+communities and mental health supports, check out these resources.

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