Experiencing a distressing event leads to emotional consequences that can impact permanently an individual's life.

PsyMood is a platform that connects individuals to specialists based on their language and cultural backgrounds.

In this FREE online webinar, we are bringing Aime Hutton and Jude Gorini to talk about how mental health affects the LGBTQ+ Community.

The importance of speaking about mental health and its effect on marginalized communities has become particularly prevalent in recent years, as research studies have shown the true devastation the pandemic has had on communities across Canada (WHO). That is even more heightening for people identified as part of the LGBTQ+ community. For example, a study (Statistics Canada) shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals are 2.5 times more likely to face depression, anxiety, suicidality, and substance abuse than heterosexuals. Research also points out that LGBTQ+ people have higher use of mental health services than non-LGBTQs+. Another study (U.S transgender survey, 2016) indicates that 40% of transgender individuals have attempted suicide in their lifetime.

We know that it is extremely hard to face social disparities, discrimination, and difficulties to find mental health support. To contribute to breaking the stigma and building more supportive environments, PsyMood wants to encourage open dialogue around the importance of mental health for LGBTQ+ individuals. Let’s provide access to education, resources and increase the visibility of this diverse community.

Below are highlights from the session:

If you’re interested in watching the full session, click on this link: PsyMood Session 9 – LGBTQ2S+ and Mental Health

Featured Specialists:

Ross Wilson

Mental Health Consultant / Host of PsyMood Webinar

Ross Wilson is a Chaplain and Mental Health consultant that specializes in psychological first aid support. Since arriving in Ottawa, Canada from Vancouver. Ross has been working closely with local community organizations and offering free mental health support during the recent pandemic. As a mental health consultant, Ross Wilson works one on one with companies, community programs and start-ups, to improve employee environments and mental health first-aid. Along with his work, Ross is writing his first book about the “Journey of self” and has a podcast that is based on mental health and the stigma behind it in society.

Jude Gorini

Transformational Coach & Mindfulness Master Practitioner

Jude Gorini is a Transformational Coach certified in Life Confidence Coaching, Mindfulness Master Practitioner, Yoga Nidra and Meditation Teacher accredited by IPHM (International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine).

His goal as a coach is to help people to find their inner self and to engage with the present allowing their emotions and feelings to flow in a positive calm way without judgements. Awareness and acceptance are the tool journeys he uses to guide clients from different cultures and backgrounds.

He has a podcast called "Healing with Jude" where he shares his life experience and healing tools with many guests from the holistic world to help the listeners to be true to themselves and their lives.
He is the author of two poetry collections "Words/Wars" and "Sorry, I'm mad", both about his personal experience dealing with mental health, bipolar disorder and gender identity.

Aime Hutton

Youth Diversity Advisor

Aime Hutton is a true miracle survivor. Being born 3 months early was just the start of the challenges Aime has overcome in her lifetime. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta Canada, as a Youth Diversity Advisor, Aime facilitates training, programs, live experiences, and workshops that educate and promote/create safe spaces at school and in the community. Aime also mentor’s young teen girls to build their own courage, their true voice, and trust in themselves. As a 5-time international best-selling author/compiler Aime shares hope, healing, and inspiration through her writing. Aime sits on the Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisory Board with the Calgary Police Service, and she represents Alberta on the National Network for Mental Health Alliance Board.