Q is for Questioning
About the Program

Q is for Questioning is a series of interactive workshops to be produced in communities across Colorado. A panel discussion will be facilitated by a licensed clinician, a person from the community with lived experience, and an Envision:You team member. We also hope to include someone from one of the regional community behavioral health centers or local department of health as part of the conversation.

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Why Q is for Questioning?

LGBTQ+ youth are at a higher risk for mental health disparities than that of their non-LGBTQ+ peers.  This is in large part due to the stigma and discrimination surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Young people who experience uncertainty surrounding their gender identity, gender presentation, and/or sexual orientation often experience stigma, bullying, isolation, and even violence.

They might struggle with internalized fear and unhappiness and can resort to maladaptive coping mechanisms like self-harm, as well as an increased risk of suicide.  Acceptance and support from caregivers is the first step in helping queer youth contemplate who they are as they work to discover their authentic self and express their identity.

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Why Q is for Questioning?

Program Update

Once again, we want to thank you for your support and dedication to improving mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth by donating funding to our Q is for Questioning program. LGBTQ+ youth are at a higher risk for mental health disparities than that of their non-LGBTQ+ peers due to the stigma and discrimination agaist them, and receiving support from the adults in their life is the one of the most important factors for queer youth to overcome this stigma and maintain to their mental health. The Q is for Questioning program will be there to make sure that those adults are able to provide the best support that they can. 
 

We have received additional funding from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, which means that we now have the funds to be able to run the program for an entire year between your charitable contribution and their funding. We are still planning for the Q is for Questioning program to be a series of 3 interactive workshops facilitated by a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), a co-facilitator who is from the community with lived experience, and at least one Envision:You team member; and the program will meet in a single Colorado community every other week. Each workshop will be a 120 minute guided presentation covering a psychoeducational presentation on the LGBTQ+ identity and LGBTQ+ youth outcomes; breakout discussion and Q & A sessions; surveys to evaluate the program; and a reception. Workshops will take place in an LGBTQ+ safe, physical/virtual space that will meet the needs of each community with time dedicated to make sure all who come are getting the information that they need.
 

Before implementing the program, we will be working with the Butler Institute for Families to evaluate the curriculum that we have developed for the program and create an evaluation framework for the program to ensure that we will be able to meet all of the needs of Colorado communities. We will also soon start the process of recruiting facilitators for the program so that we can begin training them in how to present the program. With our current plan, we expect to be able to directly serve around 30 people per workshop series and impact the lives of over 700 people over a single program year through outreach and our program participants reaching out to those around them with what they have learned.

To understand the importance and urgency of this program, please read the following report from the Trevor Project. Accepting Adults Reduce Suicide Attempts