Do You Mind?

…That the healthcare system isn’t designed to meet the needs of queer, trans, and Two-Spirit youth?

Do You Mind? is a FREE community mental health leadership program developed by the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC) [http://cbrc.net], the Youth Project, EMHC in Edmonton [https://ourhealthyeg.ca/], and YouthCo in Vancouver [http://www.youthco.org/]. It was created by 2SLGBTQIA+ people for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (18 to 25).

Do You Mind? equips participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the mental health challenges facing our communities. Participants can expect to make new friends while gaining a range of personal and practical skills in the areas of mental health and community-based health promotion. Participants will learn from and build connections with community leaders and organizations.

The program will run on September 19th and 26th at The Youth Project.

But there’s more! Following the completion of Do You Mind?, participants will work together, supported by the Youth Project, to develop and launch their very own community mental health project to address local needs.

This FREE program is open to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth (18 to 25) all across Nova Scotia, however please note that both in person days will be taking place in Halifax, and you will need transportation to the city.


If you have any questions or would like more information, reach out to Skye Cross at: skye@youthproject.ns.ca

Meet the team

Skye Cross (she/her) 

Skye is the current Programming & Communications Coordinator at The Youth Project. She came to the Youth Project as a youth in 2012, later joining the Youth Board and taking on various roles as a staff member since that time. Skye is passionate about her dog (Odin) and playing chess.

Hayden (they/them)

Hayden is a white settler originally from the Lustagoocheehk/Miramichi River area, but has grown up and currently lives in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. They are a student at Saint Mary’s University studying biology, and has worked with the Youth Project on their Youth Board since 2018. Outside of work, they have a cat named Swiffer (like the duster) and enjoy watching bad horror movies and drinking too much caffeine.

Mateo Ferguson (they/them)

Teo Ferguson is a Non-Binary Black Person from Halifax Nova Scotia. Their pronouns are They/Them and and they are 24 years old. When not binge watching anime, cooking up a storm in the kitchen and correcting/educating the masses via Faceboook, Teo spends time drawing, writing, and thinking about a lot of different aspects of life. Teo has also just recently Graduated out for the Social Services program at NSCC Ivany Campus, class of 2021 and looks forward to continuing the work they do now in educating and creating.