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Psychedelics 101: Psychedelic Research and Inclusivity

June 14 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Join Gravity and The Ohio State University’s Social Work department as we discuss Pride Month, mental health, and psychedelics. Coffee provided. The talk is from 10-11AM. Select vendors will be available to shop after the talk.

Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM) face a heightened risk of mental health issues due to societal factors like stigma and discrimination. Despite promising results of psychedelic therapy in privileged groups, research has largely neglected GSM individuals, creating a crucial gap in mental health equity. Our recent Internet-based survey study, involving 346 diverse GSM participants, revealed significant improvements in symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety following psychedelic experiences. We also observed positive changes in social support, gender identity congruence, sexual identity certainty, and self-acceptance of sexuality. To address these findings and enhance inclusivity, I propose a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project. This project aims to actively involve LGBTQIA+ clients, healthcare providers, and administrative staff in Columbus, Ohio in the research process. The CBPR model seeks new ways of developing relevant and accessible mental health treatments for GSM. My long-term vision extends beyond academia, envisioning the development of clinical trial protocols that assess psychedelic-assisted therapy’s feasibility and efficacy among GSM. This work represents a vital step toward mental health inclusivity, promoting equity and resilience within the GSM community. Our journey aims to transform mental health care, ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity, can access effective, relevant, and inclusive mental health treatments with psychedelics.