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Lecture: Mental Health Allyship

Thursday, September 27, 2018
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

This lecture presentation is part of the annual Suicide Prevention and Awareness Campaign at the University of Connecticut.

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

Today's lecture is entitled, "Mental Health Allyship: Increasing Access to Gender Affirming Medical Care as a Public Health Intervention for Suicide Reduction" and it will be presented by Jennifer Petro (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Research indicates that access to gender affirming medical care, including hormones and gender affirming surgeries, can greatly reduce suicidal ideation and suicide attempts for transgender individuals. As a part of Suicide Prevention Week at UConn, this presentation offers an opportunity to learn more about evaluations done by psychologists and other mental health professionals for individuals seeking gender affirming medical interventions such as hormones or gender affirming surgeries. The aim is to demystify this process and empower transgender individuals with information as well as educate mental health providers who wish to expand their knowledge base, thereby creating a wider and stronger net of mental health support for transgender people in our community.

Biography: Jennifer Petro, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist and the Assistant Director, Director of Training, at Counseling and Mental Health Services at UConn. She has worked in college mental health for over 15 years and has developed increasing specialization in working with individuals who identify as transgender/gender non-conforming. In addition to her work at UConn, she maintains a small private practice providing individual therapy and psychological evaluations for people seeking gender affirming medical care.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches


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