Waterloo organization developing mental health, suicide prevention tool kit for local transgender community

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Spectrum kept its support sessions for the trans community running during the pandemic but it says virtual meetings don't go far enough and believes it can be challenging or unsafe for some members to attend. The organization put out a request for proposals for the development of the project and is currently finalizing who will take it on. The awarded group will create a survey and conduct in-depth interviews to measure the level of abuse, violence and self-harm within the transgender community in the region. That information will then be used to create a tool kit specifically for the transgender community. The hope is that the kit will also guide the mental health, medical and social services sectors locally. The project mirrors a similar program out of Calif. dedicated to elementary and high school students.

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