It’s never been easy for people to approach any subject related to mental health issues. This is an even greater challenge when you combine mental health difficulties with a physical or mental disability.
In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, PsyMood decided to address this topic and in partnership with Everyday Heroes, we would like to talk about disability, whether that be in the early stages of life or during adulthood and and how we can better address it, support it and help when needed, to prevent anyone from struggling alone.
Everyday Heroes connect parents and caregivers to all accredited pediatric professionals and pediatric organizations in the areas of health, mental health and education with the goal of encouraging earlier intervention for better outcomes.

Panelists Bio:
Pamela Aasen (Everyday Heroes Kids Guest) is the Community Manager for Everyday Heroes Kids. She is a graduate of UNB in Canada with Undergraduate degrees in Early Childhood and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education. She brings a wealth of experience professionally and as a parent leader in the disability community. Pam has 25 years experience in special education working with diverse communities in the U.S., Canada and the Dominican Republic. Whilst advocating for her own children she has successfully led parent engagement initiatives and worked with parents in partnership to become advocates for their children in the process of finding appropriate family-centered care and ensuring an appropriate education. She currently lives in New Jersey and is the Project Director and Family Resource Specialist for SPAN’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program’s (EHDI) Mentoring and Family Engagement Project.

Ross Wilson was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. From a very young age, Ross struggled with mental health issues and learning difficulties. At the age of 18, Ross joined the family business as a hairdresser and barber. Alongside his famous father, they travelled the world doing shows, events and educational training. During this time, Ross’s mother was diagnosed with Cancer and on November 20th 2017, she passed away. Ross realized that all the fame, fortune and success couldn’t stop the passing of his mother. After her passing, Ross decided to leave the family business and donate his earnings to local charities and groups. He started to volunteer in local shelters as a barber and performed free haircuts on the streets of Vancouver’s downtown eastside. At the beginning of 2018, Ross started his studies in theology, psychology and mental health based certifications. Ross started Bardo Network in 2020 to provide free end of life care to the homeless population and provided free mental health support to anyone who needed it during the pandemic via Zoom and Facetime. Ross is certified in CBT, ACT, Psychological First-Aid and Psycho-Spiritual Therapy. Ross is a Chaplain and Hospice Chaplain, along with being an End Of Life Doula. In his spare time, Ross is very active in sports and outdoor activities, as well as enjoying reading and working on his non-profit foundation.

Joshua Dvorkin (PsyMood Therapist) has a Master of Psychology and is a Registered Psychotherapist under supervised practice. Joshua has certifications in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and is currently becoming a certified trauma professional (CCTP & CCTP-II). He has also begun the process of becoming a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and plans to enroll in a program at Browns University, School of Public Health. Joshua is familiar with treating many types of disorders including anxiety related disorders, depressive disorders, stress related disorders, and more clinical types of disorders such as bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, psychosis, and others. Joshua also helps those going through difficult life transitions such as LGBTQ2i+, trauma, grief, couples therapy, and divorce.

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