Caring for the Changemakers: Confronting and Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Health

Friday, October 22nd
4:15 - 5:30 PM Eastern

As people around the world saw their lives transformed by the Covid-19 pandemic, conversations about self-care became mainstream. However, these discussions on how to maintain our own mental health while assisting others have often failed to address some of the biggest issues we face -- namely, navigating the powerful stigma around mental health and mental illness, from which no one is immune. In this conversation, we’ll look at the challenges of caring for those who are advocates for the LGBTQ+ community and how the pressures of isolation have affected them, discuss how stigma around these topics remains strong, even in inclusive spaces where we often expect to find more awareness, and how we help to both identify and break down these barriers as we care for ourselves and the communities we serve.


Antón Castellanos Usigli Antón Castellanos Usigli

Board Member
PFLAG National

Antón Castellanos Usigli, MPH, is a public health leader and a healthcare consultant with more of a decade-long career in population health and sexual and reproductive health for communities that face inequities in social determinants of health. He is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a former Cheng Fellow at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative of the Harvard Kennedy School. Antón is currently a consultant for AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Fenway Health. Since 2016, he has been a member of the Global Advisory Board for Sexual Health and Wellbeing (GAB), a group of global experts brought together by Reckitt to advance a more positive approach to sexual health and wellbeing. He is also a Member of the PFLAG National Board of Directors since 2018. Antón has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in New York City and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.


Hansel Arroyo Hansel Arroyo

Attending Psychiatrist | Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sina

Dr. Hansel Arroyo completed his training in psychiatry with a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital while completing a psychoanalytic fellowship at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.  Dr. Arroyo’s career has focused on providing mental health services to individual in the LGBTQ+ community and those at risk or living with HIV.  As attending psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital, he was director of the LGBTQ+ clinic the Institute for Advanced Medicine, the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery and founder of the Transgender Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Arroyo is board certified in Psychosomatic Medicine, Psychiatry and Neurology.

Claudette Green Claudette Green

Clinical Supervisor
Atrium Health

Claudette Green a native of Jamaica, West Indies; Claudette received a Diploma in Secondary Education from Bethlehem Teacher’s College in Jamaica West Indies and taught Home Economics for 5 years prior to migrating to the United States. Claudette received an Associate Degree in Nursing from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2008, Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winston Salem State University in December 2011, and a dual Master’s degree in Health Administration and Business Administration from Pfeiffer University in 2015. She is currently pursuing a DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health. Claudette received Board Certification in Cardiovascular Nursing in 2012, and Board Certification in Nurse Executive and Nurse Executive Advanced in 2018. Claudette has worked at several local hospitals in various positions. Most recently as a Nurse Manager, and Director for the last 7 years. She is currently a Clinical Supervisor at Behavioral Health Davidson.  She has done several volunteer activities with local agencies. She has been a member of PFLAG Charlotte for about 5 years. Claudette is married to Morris Green and together they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. 3 years ago, they added to their family by adopting twin girls. Unfortunately, one of the girls passed away from Leukemia. Claudette is interested in research, servant leadership, and being an advocate for those who don’t have a voice. Her long-term goal is to become a therapist to help others along life’s journey.

William Placek William Placek

PFLAG Jersey Shore

William joined PFLAG Jersey Shore in 2012 as co-facilitator at one of their Adult Support Meetings and overseeing fundraising & community outreach. In 2017, William was chosen as Interim President of the chapter and then voted into the permanent role in 2018. William is an avid LGBTQ activist, sits on the chapter’s Speakers Bureau to provide educational symposiums, and connects with community leaders to promote the mission of PFLAG Jersey Shore. William’s training and education in developing social services for underserved communities has helped the chapter design comprehensive programs for children, teens, and adults including diverse populations. William lives along the shore with his 7 & 9-year-old sons. William earned his Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from Walden University and is a Licensed Social Worker. When William is not working his full-time job or volunteering with PFLAG, he loves to spend time at home or traveling to share new experiences with his two beautiful children.