LGBTQ people are four times more likely than heterosexuals and cisgender people to attempt suicide and suffer from depression. But there are no LGBTQ specific suicide resources in Canada, and homophobia, transphobia and stigma often makes it difficult for people to reach out for help when they need it.
Still Here is an ongoing art and research project aimed at breaking the silence and stimulating conversation about the issue of suicide. We work with LGBTQ people affected by suicide to take photographs that encourage them to share their experiences and stories. Their work is showcased in exhibits, presentations, community forums and online exhibitions, which provide spaces and inspiration for people to share their own stories and to discuss prevention.
Still Here is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Movember Foundation, the Provincial Health Services Agency, Vancouver Coastal health, and individual donors.
Still Here is a project of the Men’s Health Research program at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia.
All imagery on this website is from project participants. Event photographs at Gallery Gachet by Kay Ho.
Still Here in the Media
|The Conversation: Why do so many gay and bisexual men die from suicide?||June 29, 2017|
|Roundhouse Radio: Interview on Impact with Don Shafer||March 27, 2017|
|The Georgia Straight: Vancouver researchers broach silence about suicide and LGBT issues with photo exhibit and studies||March 16, 2017|
|Daily Extra: What does suicide look like to gay and bisexual men?||November 7, 2016|
|CTV News: ‘I feel happiness now’: Men stand up against suicide through art||November 6, 2016|
|Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Homophobia is killing gay and bisexual men||October 7, 2016|