This project is unique because it is practical and intimate in nature. This self -love therapy sessions initiative is one of its first kind designed particularly for LGBTQI+ persons in Botswana. At present, the current interventions from other organizations targeting the LGBTQI+ community are focused on the biomedical components such as HIV prevention and treatment. Moreover, there is more work done in legal reforms protecting the sexual rights of LGBTQI+ persons. However, little is done in ensuring that mental health and wellbeing for the LGBTQI+ community is advocated for, hence the need for this project.
Goal and Content
The idea behind this project is to help the LGBTQI+ community to internally reflect as stigma perpetuates internalized homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. The project through self-love sessions will create safe spaces for LGBTQI+ persons to share their lived experiences due to stigma existing within hostile environments. These sessions will be coordinated fan experienced social worker and other professional counsellors. The sessions will not be like other regular talk shops instead they will be more practical and life changing. In the end, the aim is for the LGBTQI+ community to develop a positive outlook of life and be inspired to reach their full potential despite the challenging circumstances. We aim to measure this through qualitative analysis, by keeping a record of the uptake of services along with follow up calls to analyse and understand the impact of these activities, especially in terms of social perception change and behavioural change.