Melissa Perkins, MEd, MPPM,

Gender Identity, When do Children Know, and much more: The Nuances of LGBTQ+ and Mental Health

Thursday, August 11, 2022, from 2 to 4 pm

Register: bit.ly/3M22okQ

Webinar summary:   Being a young person can be a challenge. We know that LGBTQ+ youth face more significant challenges, evidenced by a high rate of health disparities than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. Health disparities include mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, suicide, and substance abuse issues. Increasing protective factors, including family and community support and access to health care for LGBTQ youth, can help to decrease the risk for behavioral health issues.

Cultural competency training and assessment provide health, medical, and social service providers with an increased capacity to address health disparities to improve health outcomes and higher quality of life, specifically for the LGBTQ+ population. Professionals who provide health, medical, and social services must recognize their own implicit biases to provide care in culturally responsive ways.

Biography: Melissa Perkins, MEd, MPPM

Melissa Perkins, MEd, MPPM, has over 25 years of experience working in social services. She has provided direct care to adolescent youth in residential programs; managed a youth residential program; provided individual mental health and drug and alcohol therapy; provided drug and alcohol group therapy; facilitated court ordered Batterer's Intervention Groups; and, most recently, she has focused on delivering training focusing on LGBTQ+ issues. Melissa holds two Master's Degrees, one in Education (Counseling) from Duquesne University and the other in Public Policy Management from the University of Pittsburgh.