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imi Launched in Response to LGBTQ+ Teen Demands for Digital Safe Space to Support Identity Exploration and Affirmation

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imi Launched in Response to LGBTQ+ Teen Demands for Digital Safe Space to Support Identity Exploration and Affirmation

imi supports queer youth

In this PRNewswire article, you'll learn about:

  • The inception story of imi

"  Hopelab, in collaboration with CenterLink and the It Gets Better Project, announced today the release of imi (pronounced eye-me), a free, digital mental health tool designed to support LGBTQ+ youth explore and affirm their identity. Designed with and for LGBTQ+ teens, with an intentional focus on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming youth, imi provides relevant and practical approaches to boost positive coping skills and mindsets that support LGBTQ+ youth mental well-being. "

  • How imi was built with community

" A broad and diverse group of young people supported the co-creation of imi through a collaborative design process guided by Hopelab. Notably, Hopelab intentionally focused on BIPOC, transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming youth during the research, design, and development process to ensure the final product is inclusive. "

  • Results of imi's research study

" A diverse group of LGBTQ+ youth randomly assigned to receive imi reported significantly greater improvements in coping skills, and significantly greater confidence in their ability to cope than youth randomly assigned to receive a web-based list of freely available resources for LGBTQ+ youth. These results suggest that imi may play an important role in helping LGBTQ+ teens cope with stress. "


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