Mental Health Advocate and Trans-health Educator
Ryan lives well with bipolar disorder and has been a frontline/outreach and supervised injection site worker at Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for over 13 years. He is trained in emergency medical response, has a diploma in community support work, and is pursuing a BSW. He is also a trans-health educator, and an experienced musician and motivational speaker. Ryan has also served as an advocate on a board of directors for two sex work advocacy organizations in Vancouver. His research interest and personal experience are in trauma, self-management of BD, transgender advocacy, and harm reduction.
When I'm not working I can usually be found camping, exploring the Gulf Islands and Howe Sound, making music, taking photographs, cooking, spending time with friends or on my own with a good book and enjoying my dog share; I have part time custody of the world's cutest long haired chihuahua, Gracie.
Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia
420-5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC