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Virtual Community Forum

 

Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of LGBTQIA+ Youth

On Thursday, June 30th at 12pm, join Integral Care and OutYouth for a virtual community forum where we’ll discuss supporting the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ youth. Our panel of experts will talk about common mental health challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ youth, what it means to have intersectional identities, how caregivers can create safe, affirming spaces, resources for youth and caregivers and more. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions at the forum and submit them in advance.

Our panelists include:

  • Anthony Cavazos-Geluso, LMSW, Integral Care
  • G.E. Loveless, Project Coordinator for Tobacco Cessation project & Co-Founder of Elevate Your Essence
  • Kayla Witcher M.S., LPC- Associate, Out Youth

Moderator

    • Giselle Aguirre, Integral Care’s Suicide Care Program Manager, will moderate the panel.

DATE:

Thursday, June 30
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Presented With

PANELISTS

Anthony Cavazos-Geluso, LMSW, Integral Care

Hello, my name is Anthony Cavazos-Geluso. I grew up in Michigan and lived in the great city of Detroit before moving to Texas 13 years ago. I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and have worked in a diversity of social service settings, including schools, detention centers, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. I am involved in LGBTQ advocacy and member of several community groups. In my spare time I am usually either reading or catching up with family and friends. My husband and I will have been married 8 years this June 27. We appreciate spending time together outdoors, hanging out with our pets, attending sporting events, and traveling.

My current role at Integral Care is QMHP for substance use intervention with RA1SE. I enjoy the team and working with individuals 15-30 years old with co-occurring substance use and first episode psychosis.

G.E. Loveless, Project Coordinator for Tobacco Cessation project & Co-Founder of Elevate Your Essence

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Grant E. Loveless (G.E), has dedicated themselves to understanding the art of entrepreneurship, storytelling, and youth empowerment; assisting youth-led or focused organizations to turn their stories into action.
Loveless started their journey of activism and social entrepreneurship in 2016 on their high school campus, Manor High School. Since then, they continue to impact their communities by pushing for equity, visibility and opportunity for young people in the organizations they serve. Currently, Loveless serves as a Board Member for MEASURE Austin and a Community Advisor for Hearts2Heals.

Kayla Witcher M.S., LPC- Associate, Out Youth
Kayla is a recent graduate from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, and family units, utilizing skills such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, and Play Therapy. Kayla holds a passion for working within minority communities and being a voice for the voiceless. She currently works at Out Youth in Austin, Texas where she provides therapeutic services and additional support to LBGT youth and their family members.

Moderator

Giselle Aguirre (She/Her), LPC, Suicide Care Program Manager
A native of El Paso, TX, Giselle Aguirre is the Suicide Care Program Manager at Integral Care where she coordinates the implementation of the Zero Suicide Model of prevention and safer suicide care. In addition, she supports the Health and Human Services Commission’s efforts in the Suicide Care Initiative.

Giselle also works in private practice, with a focus on serving the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals experiencing depression and anxiety, and individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and urges.

Giselle is passionate and dedicated to making systemic change and bringing awareness to the community about suicide prevention.

Integral Care supports adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County. Integral Care’s services include a 24-hour helpline for anyone who needs immediate support, ongoing counseling to improve mental health, drug and alcohol treatment to help with recovery, and housing to regain health and independence. Integral Care helps provide a solid foundation for well-being. Founded in 1967, Integral Care is Travis County’s Local Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority.

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