Cannapix explores the perspectives and experiences of 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth at the intersection of mental health and cannabis use. Forty-six 2S/LGBTQIA+ individuals aged 15 to 24 and residing in Quebec took photographs related to their cannabis use, mental health and sexual and gender identities. Guided by these photographs, interviews were conducted to highlight several themes: the positive and negative effects of cannabis on mental health, the difficulty of 2S/LGBTIA+ youth in accessing mental health resources, and the marginalization of 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth in health services.
Photographs produced by participants of the Cannapix project contribute to the de-stigmatization of mental health issues and cannabis use, and stimulate reflections and discussions about how to improve and adapt health services for 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth. The participant photographs challenge norms and discourses on substance use and mental health and are an invitation to discuss cannabis use in compassionate and non-judgmental ways.
We invite you to discover the participants’ photographs and perspectives and to participate in this important discussion. Stay tuned for our in-person exhibit in Montreal in the fall of 2022. In the meantime, you can visit our online exhibit. A big thank you to the 46 artist-participants who contributed to this project.
Rod Knight, Jorge Flores-Aranda, Joanne Otis et Julie-Soleil Meson
Coordinator and Postdoctoral Researcher
Pierre-Jacques Dublois, Kinda Wassef et Sarah-Jade Cyr
Cannapix is funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.