Mental Health Navigation
We offer a free mental health navigation service that helps to effectively link guys who are into guys to appropriate supports and work around barriers to accessing mental health care. Our Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator, Derek, will work with you to create a navigation plan based on your goals and connect you to resources, community agencies, and mental health service providers.
Make an appointment online, by phone, or by e-mail. In our first meeting, we will understand your goals and expectations, and work together to create a care plan.
We will explore options based on your needs and make an appropriate referral. For example, we can help to connect you with support groups, counsellors, or other mental health services if that’s what you’re looking for. We will also try our best to locate services that are financially accessible.
Once the referral has been made, we will contact you for any feedback. We will also follow up after three months to review outcomes and ensure you are satisfied with the pursued route.
Referrals and Intake
Is there a cost?
While our navigation service is free of charge, fees vary among mental health service providers. However, we will work with you to locate services that fit within your means.
Get Connected. Meet MAX
At MAX, we are an organization that envisions a community of self-affirming gay, bisexual, two- spirit, queer and other men who have sex with men, whether cis or trans (GBT2Q), caring for themselves, caring for each other, and enjoying complete health equity. We are proud to be the first stand-alone GBT2Q men’s health organization in Ontario!
Our organization was founded in 2002 (formerly known as the Ottawa Gay Men’s Wellness Initiative OGMWI / Initiative pour le mieux-être des hommes gais d’Ottawa – IMEHG) by community members advocating for a more holistic vision of GBT2Q men’s health, by addressing more dimensions of our health than HIV and STIs. In 2007, concerned by the high rates of HIV infections among guys who are into guys in Ottawa, OGMWI contacted the health authorities and, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health, AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Centretown Community Health Centre and Somerset West Community Health Centre, GayZone was established.
In 2015, we received confirmation of ongoing annual funding by the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care of Ontario and in 2017, OGMWI became MAX!
Disclaimer: The use of the terms “guys who are into guys” or “GBT2Q men” throughout MAX’s website is meant to define gay, bisexual, two-spirit, queer and other men who have sex with men, whether cis or trans.
To champion improved health outcomes of guys who are into guys in the Ottawa area, living with HIV or not, through building awareness and improving system responsiveness through a dynamic networked and partnership model.
We envision a community of self-affirming guys who are into guys caring for ourselves, caring for each other, and enjoying complete health equity.
Build a reliable, credible, and trusted service hub able to generate ways to connect guys who are intoguys to improve their health and well-being, reduce HIV and other preventable illnesses, and bring systems and knowledge to address the health disparities affecting guys who are into guys.
As guys who are into guys, we have the right to health and well-being. Our health and wellness have physical, mental, spiritual, sexual, and social aspects and include community building and working for social justice.
Our team is made up of passionate and engaged guys into guys or allies, working as directors, staff or volunteers, contributing to our communities’ health and wellness.
Board of Directors
Brent Bauer, Chair
Nick Valela, Vice-Chair
Steele Campbell, Treasurer
George Poopalapillai, Social Media and Diversity Outreach worker
Derek Cassidy, Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator
Matthew Harding, Community Engagement Coordinator
Roberto Ortiz, Executive Director