Sharpen's CEO sat down with Dr. Alex Karydi to discuss the special urgency to support child and adolescent grief and loss around COVID. Dr. Karydi discusses her initial research findings and offers hope through this Zoom session, now available in the Chats area of our site.
After the 40 minute session, several mental health professionals participate in a Q&A discussion with Dr. Karydi and provide all kinds of strategies for assisting children and youth.
Dr. Alex Karydi, LMFT, LAC, CSAC, is a licensed therapist that has focused her research and clinical work on the impact of minority stress on LGBTQI populations, focusing on youth navigating their gender identity. She has a master's in clinical psychology, a postgraduate diploma in research psychology, a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in various systems, including school systems, the justice system, social services, and behavioral health, providing care as a therapist, grant writer, and program manager since 2007. In 2015, she was appointed as the Program Director for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health – Office of Suicide Prevention, where she was responsible for establishing the first state office for suicide prevention, embedding the Zero Suicide framework in the state mental health care system, and developing the state school suicide prevention program. In 2019, she accepted the Project 2025 Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a nationwide initiative to reduce the U.S.'s annual rate of suicide by 20 percent by 2025. She is now responsible for implementing the first 24 hr. emergency behavioral health services roll-out at Callen-Lorde Community Health Clinic a global leader in LGBTQ healthcare.