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OutTalk Series: Advancing LGBTQ+ Mental Health Awareness
Join us in this eye-opening episode of OutTalk as we delve into the critical issues of mental health in LGBTQ+ communities. Did you know that LGBTQ+ individuals are more than twice as likely to experience mental health conditions compared to their non-LGBTQ+ peers? Shockingly, LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide. These concerning disparities are due to a variety of factors, including discrimination and lack of social support. In this episode, we have a diverse panel who will share their experiences and perspectives on mental health. Whether you're struggling with a diagnosed condition or simply trying to navigate the complexities of life, our panelists will provide valuable tips and resources to help you embrace your best self. Don't miss this empowering conversation on mental health and well-being!

Mar 23, 2023 06:00 PM in Indiana (East)

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Jemm Feder, CMA, GAL, NCCPSS
Certified Medical Assistant @Duke’s Gender Affirming Medicine Clinic
Hi there! My name is Jemm, and my pronouns are they/them. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY, and now living and working in North Carolina. I am a CMA at Duke’s Gender Affirming Medicine Clinic. I am currently finishing my Bachelor's in Public Health. I am a certified peer support specialist. And also a Guardian Ad Litem with a focus on LBGTQ+ cases. As of January 2023, I have also partnered with local centers and offered NA recovery support meetings for LGBTQ+ communities.
Pat Aussem
Vice President of Consumer Clinical Content @Partnership to End Addiction
Pat Aussem (she/her) is the Vice President of Consumer Clinical Content at Partnership to End Addiction. In this role, she develops services and resources relevant to families, distilling complex information from multiple sources into understandable and actionable materials for lay audiences. This includes curating information on current substance trends, risk, and protective factors, ways to intervene in youth substance use, parenting skills, and how to find and access quality evidence-based treatment along the continuum of care. She is a frequent spokesperson for the organization on topics including vaping, marijuana, opioids, medications to assist treatment, and co-occurring disorders, among others. In addition to an MBA in Finance, Pat has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She is licensed in New York as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and in New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master Addiction Counselor certification.
Scott Bertani
Director of Advocacy @HealthHIV
Scott is the Director of Advocacy for HealthHIV. Having worked within the field of HIV and communicable diseases for over 20 years, Scott brings to the table perspectives as both a long-term and graying consumer of HIV services and a front-line leader in the care and prevention field. At HealthHIV, Scott leads the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health and annual LGBTQ Health Awareness Week activities—with over 600 provider partners nationwide. In his work with HealthHIV, he advocates to expand healthcare access and equity, patient-provider decision-making and policies seen though a social determinants of health (SDOH) lens.