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.

Program Updates

We want to thank our community partners for your support and dedication to improving mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth by funding the Q is Questioning program. LGBTQ+ youth are at a higher risk for mental health disparities than that of their non-LGBTQ+ peers due to pervasive stigma, discrimination, and trauma directed against them. Receiving support from supportive 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. (See article from Trevor Project below.) The Q is for Questioning program is designed to give parents and caregivers the tools and information they need to create affirming spaces for young LGBTQ+ youth.

As a result of multi-year funding from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, the program will launch in the third quarter of 2022. The Q is for Questioning program is a series of three interactive, educational workshops facilitated by a licensed mental health professional, a co-facilitator from the community with lived experience, and a member of the Envision:You team.

Q is for Questioning workshops will take place in-person and virtually across Colorado. Each workshop will include a guided presentation about LGBTQ+ identity development, family systems, and LGBTQ+ youth concerns; breakout discussion and Q & A sessions; surveys to evaluate the program; and a reception. Workshops will take place in a welcoming space—whether it is in person or virtually—that will meet the needs of each community.

To develop evidence-based programming, Envision:You has partnered Butler Institute for Families at the University of Denver to evaluate the curriculum that we have developed for the program and create an evaluation framework for the program to ensure it meets its goal of equipping supportive adults with the tools they need to creating affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth.

We anticipate recruiting our team of facilitators in June and launching the program in August. With our current plan, we expect to be able to directly serve around 30 people per workshop series and impact the lives of more than 700 people over a single program year.

To learn more, please contact Zamora Evans (they/them) at zamora.evans@envision-you.org.

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