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Transgender writer to give a public talk on Gender, Sex and Mental Health
12/12/2014

The public will be able to receive an insight into various mental health issues when Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust launches a new series of monthly lectures on Wednesday, December 17.

The first lecture - to be held at the Assembly House in Norwich, 2-4pm - will be Gender, Sex and Mental Health, delivered by Katy Jon Went, a transgender writer and commentator, and by Dr Hadrian Ball, the Trust's former Medical Director.

The lectures are aimed at members of the Trust, including service users, carers, staff, and the general public, and will offer fresh insights into mental health services and opportunities for discussion.

"I am very much looking forward to the talk and the joint collaboration between service users and Trust staff," said Katy Jon Went, who has previously trained in and lectured to both the public and private sector on LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer, (and/or Questioning)) issues and their impact on wellbeing and equality.

"Being both transgender and bipolar, I have personal experiences to share which have brought me into contact with mental health and gender identity services and intend to talk frankly and honestly about these.

"It is a very positive collaboration and there will also be lots of room for discussion and questions."

Katy, together with Dr Ball, will cover subjects including biological sex determination, sexual development, gender identity, gender incongruence or dysphoria, hormonal-surgical transition, legal recognition and effects on mental wellbeing.

They will also cover how psychiatry can 'help and not hinder', and how society can be more understanding and aware.

The Trust member lecture series aims to provide information and stimulate discussion on a range of mental health issues and reduce discrimination concerning mental health.

Future lectures will include topics, as chosen by Trust members and governors, caring for people with dementia and the psychology of emotion in young people. ‚Äč