EDGY Conference

Renee Gael Lujan
Renee Gael Lujan
Bienestar Human Services
Renee Gael Lujan
My name is Renee G. Lujan [They/Them] Renée is a Substance Use Counselor, health advocate, and community organizer born and raised in East LA. Renée has dedicated over a decade in the community advocacy/ organizing field until initiating their own mental health and substance use recovery process in 2020. Since 2020, Renée has earned a Master of Public Health Degree from CSULA 2022 and is expected to begin their Clinical Psych Doctorate program Fall 2023 at Mount St. Mary's University. Renée aims to develop LGBTQ and BIPOC focused recovery curriculum bridging SUD recovery, narrative therapy, and mental health advocacy.


Addiction and Mental Health Recovery in LGBTQ+ Community
How do we best support LGBTQ+ in recovery from mental health and addiction disorders? Utilizing personal, inpatient, and counseling experience, we will review best practices in delivering holistic care for LGBTQ+ in recovery. We will expand on various forms of care available and potential areas of improvement when considering supporting the LGBTQ+ population. Building on the strengths of the LGBTQ+ population, we will discuss how these assets can be integrated into the delivery of services. This presentation is based on personal first hand experience as a Trans/ Non Binary individual in mental health and substance use recovery. Additionally, this experience has been integrated into the development of curriculum and delivery of services for the LGBTQ+ community.