Sun, Sep 10|
Cancer & Psychedelics (Houston)
Join the Houston psychedelic community for a fascinating research-based talk by Mel Perrone, LMSW of MD Anderson about the intersection of cancer and psychedelics and the potential that MDMA and psilocybin hold to offer relief for psychological distress in cancer patients.
Time & Location
Sep 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
Houston Heights, Houston, TX
About the event
Emerging research suggests that psychedelics may hold promising potential in providing mental health support for individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Cancer patients often face significant psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, and existential concerns related to their diagnosis and treatment journey. Psychedelic substances, such as psilocybin and MDMA have demonstrated unique therapeutic properties that could help alleviate these emotional burdens connected to end-of-life anxiety. In this presentation, Mel Perrone, LMSW of MD Anderson Cancer Center, will explore how under the guidance of trained professionals in controlled settings, psychedelic-assisted therapy can facilitate transformative experiences, fostering a sense of connection, emotional release, and newfound perspectives.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Melissa Perrone (LMSW) attained her Licensed Masters in Social Work in May 2023, specializing in clinical practice with a focus on mental health care and trauma-informed approaches. Her academic journey culminated in an emphasis on enhancing the well-being of individuals through personalized treatment strategies. Currently, Melissa serves as a social work counselor at MD Anderson Cancer
Center. Her professional background features impactful engagements with diverse Houston nonprofits and esteemed health agencies, including a dedicated internship at the Houston Food Bank and serving on the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter. She
also lent her expertise to Capital IDEA Houston, a pioneering workforce development agency, and dedicated her time as a volunteer ESL instructor at the Memorial Assistance Ministries. Melissa's commitment is rooted in recognizing the intricate interplay of intersectionality
in shaping individuals; mental and physical healthcare journeys. Her interest extends to pioneering psychedelic research and treatments, particularly the exploration of psilocybin's potential as a promising alternative for individuals navigating the complexities of depression and anxiety related to cancer diagnosis. Melissa served as the first officer of the Houston chapter of SSDP (Students for Sensible Drug Policy).
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