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Mental Health Resources

Chrysalis Fund for Mental Health Services

SPECTRUM established the Chrysalis Fund in memory of a former Board member. 
Funds donated to the Chrysalis Fund are used to subsidize the cost of counselling services for 2SLGBTQ+ people -- especially trans and non-binary folks -- through the OK2BME program at Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health.

Please direct any questions about counselling to Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health. There is likely to be a waiting list. To book a counselling appointment, complete the online intake form here, or call Camino Wellbeing + Mental Health’s Intake Team at 519.884.0000.

SPECTRUM Trans Wellness and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

In collaboration with Wisdom2 Action, SPECTRUM has developed this toolkit on trans mental wellness and suicide prevention in response to trans community needs and priorities. Given that many trans and gender diverse people struggle with suicide, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, this toolkit was created to:

1) Help trans and gender diverse people in and beyond Waterloo Region who may be struggling with suicidality or poor mental health.

2) Provide concrete tools and strategies to service providers working with trans and gender diverse people on inclusive care
and trans suicide prevention.

3) Support parents, caregivers, friends and loved ones of trans and gender diverse people to be supportive of trans and gender diverse people in their lives.

4) Increase awareness of trans mental health and suicidality in and beyond Waterloo Region.

Make a Crisis Plan

Download the template included in the Trans Wellness and Suicide Prevention Toolkit to make your own crisis plan.

Suicide Prevention

The toolkit also contains specific suicide-prevention resources for trans people, their family and friends, and service providers. Click below to download targeted suicide-prevention resources from the toolkit.

Other SPECTRUM Resources

2SLGBTQ+ Terminology Guide

Our new 2SLGBTQ+ Terminology Reference and Media Style Guide covers a range of 2SLGBTQ+ topics – from 101 terms to use and terms to avoid to 301 discussions of more complex topics.

Educational Resources and Allyship Guides

Including wellness resources, parenting resources resources, allyship guides, fact sheets, and other educational resources.

Related Blog Posts

October 18, 2021

SPECTRUM Trans and Gender Diverse Mental Health, Wellness and Suicide Prevention Toolkit

August 31, 2021

The Grand River Rainbow Historical Project is collecting local coming out stories

SPECTRUM offers a safe place where 2SLGBTQ+ individuals can be themselves and find community and supports.