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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer identified People and Mental Health

Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identified (LGBTQ) people are as diverse as the general Canadian population in their experiences of mental health and well-being, they face higher risks for some mental health issues due to the effects of discrimination and the social determinants of health.

This information was compiled by Rainbow Health Ontario and CMHA Ontario.

What factors impact on mental health?

Socio-economic factors (or determinants) play a key role in mental health and wellbeing for all of us, and are particularly important for marginalized populations. Three significant determinants of positive mental health and wellbeing are:

  • social inclusion.
  • freedom from discrimination and violence.
  • access to economic resources.
All three factors impact LGBTQ individuals and communities in Ontario:
  • Bisexual and trans people are over-represented among low-income Canadians
  • An Ontario-based study found that half of trans people were living on less than $15,000 a year

LGBTQ people experience stigma and discrimination across their life spans, and are targets of sexual and physical assault, harassment and hate crimes.

  • Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation more than doubled in Canada from 2007 to 2008, and were the most violent of all hate crimesiv
  • An Ontario-based study of trans people found that 20 per cent had experienced physical or sexual assault due to their identity, and that 34 per cent were subjected to verbal threats or harassment
  • Trans people in both Canada and the US report high levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination when seeking stable housing, employment, health or social services.

Additional factors that may impact on mental health and well-being for LGBTQ people include the process of “coming out” (sharing one’s LGBTQ identity with others), gender transition, internalized oppression, isolation and alienation, loss of family or social support, and the impact of HIV and AIDS.


Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex (Leamington Office)

215 Talbot Street East
Leamington, ONT, N8H 3X5
Phone: 519-255-7440

CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services. We achieve this through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement.

LGBT Youthline

Phone: 1-800-268-9688

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

Canadian Mental Health Association Windsor-Essex (Windsor Office)

1400 Windsor Avenue
Windsor, ONT, N8X 3L9
Phone: 519-255-7440

CMHA Windsor Essex is a lead provider and advocate of community mental health services. We achieve this through treatment, collaboration, education and community engagement.


3640 Wells Street
Windsor, ONT, N9C 1T9
Phone: 519.258.0484

At Maryvale, we help young people and their families who, for a variety of reasons, are in serious emotional or psychological distress and are not doing well emotionally and mentally in their thinking about themselves and others. They may be highly anxious, depressed, suicidal, feeling worthless and hopeless, or they have lost their willingness to care about others. They may be dealing with debilitating learning disabilities.

Family Services Windsor-Essex

1770 Langlois Ave. 
Windsor, ON, N8X4M5
Phone: 519-966-5010

At Family Services Windsor-Essex, we provide programs and services to enrich the community we live in by focusing on the needs of the people in it!

Sandwich Community Health

3320 College Avenue 
Windsor, ONT N9C 0E1
Phone: 519-258-6002

Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Sandwich Community Health provides Primary Care Services and Counselling Services to the vulnerable individuals in Windsor – Essex.

Hotel-Dieu Community Crisis Centre

Windsor Regional Hospital
1030 Ouellette Avenue, 1st Floor Jeanne Mance Building
Phone: 519-973-4435

The Community Crisis Centre is a partnership of area hospitals and social organizations committed to providing 24-hour crisis response services to residents of Windsor and Essex County who are experiencing serious mental illness and/or acute psychosocial problems. A variety of services are provided to reach individuals in crisis, including a 24-hour crisis phone line, follow-up crisis counseling and referrals.

Teen Health Centre

1361 Ouellette Ave #101
Windsor ON, N8X 1J6
Phone: 519-253-8481

Teen Health is located at 1361 Ouellette and provides Primary Care and Counselling to youth between the ages of 12 and 24 years. Individuals come to us for Physical and Mental Health (individual and group counseling is available); Eating Disorders; Substance Abuse; Parent Support (support for parents and guardians of adolescents) and Pre and Post Natal for young moms.

Kids Help Phone


Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Our service is completely anonymous and confidential - we don't trace calls, we don't have call display.

Trans Lifeline


A hotline staffed by transgender people to help support community members experiencing a crisis. Call toll free.


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Phone: (226) 348-3378
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Windsor, Ontario, N8Y 1R8

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