Gender-Affirming Medical Care and Mental Health

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Gender-Affirming Medical Care and Mental Health

Third in a 6-session informational series for parents, caregivers and adults who play supportive roles in the lives of a 2SLGBTQIA+ youth.

When and where

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About this event

This session will be faciliated by Dr. Ann Marie Joyce and Dr. Celia Robichaud, who will provide an overview of the five aspects of gender affirming care, with a focus on medical and surgical interventions.

The facilitators will also discuss the impact on mental health, need for mental health services, and how to access our team.

Please Note: Speakers cannot provide clinical or medical advice. General questions are welcome.

About Making Connections:

Research shows that strong parental/caregiver understanding and support is one of the protective factors when it comes to 2SLGBTQIA+ mental health and is important in reducing the risk of suicide in this higher-risk population. CMHA-NS understands that parents and caregivers need accurate and up-to-date education as well as access to peer support as they help the 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in their lives to grow and thrive.

In the fall of 2022, CMHA NS partnered with Roots of Hope to deliver a six-session webinar series with each session centered on a specific topic with a subject expert presenting or facilitating.

The goal of this series is to:

1) Increase access to educational opportunities for parents and caregivers by sharing the knowledge of professionals and subject experts through the speaker series.

2) Increase opportunities for connections across Nova Scotia by focusing on connecting caregivers in rural areas with one another to allow sharing of experiences and support.


Where: Zoom

Time: 6:30 p.m.– 9 :00 p.m. [each session is offered at the same time each month]

Cost: There is no cost

How to Register: Registration is through Eventbrite and the Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants the day before the event.

Who should attend: This series is for parents and caregivers of 2SLGBTQIA+ youth in Nova Scotia. Caregivers who want to gain up-to-date education and information from an array of subject experts, and to meet other parents and caregivers from around the province.

Where to find more information about this series:


Please contact Project Coordinator Lindsay Miller at

About the Facilitators:

Dr. Ann Marie Joyce is a psychologist who has been working at the IWK for the past 15 years, and on the Trans Health team for the past five years.

Dr. Celia Robichaud (she/her) is a Royal College certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working at the IWK since 2020. She currently works on the TransHealth team and in general outpatient mental health, as well as specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder.