BRISTOL - The Bristol Hospital Counseling Center on Tuesday is hosting a session on LGBTQ issues that is open to the public.
The Mental Health and Substance Recovery Series features a discussion each month focused on a specific aspect of mental health, said Michael Miarecki, a social worker at the counseling center. January’s topic of discussion is issues within the LGBTQ community, he said.
The session will touch on substance abuse and the suicide rate in the LGBTQ community, and then will compare those rates to the entire community.
There will also be discussion on topics related to the LGBTQ community such as specific mental health disparities, resources, private therapy, and places that provide services and assistance, he said.
“It’s an open forum” and “free to the community,” Miarecki said. “Ultimately it’s questions and answers.”
“It’s a safe environment and safe space for anyone to ask questions,” he said. Any question regarding mental health will be answered, and questions are not required to be related to the session’s topic, he added.
The discussion is set for Jan. 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Bristol Hospital Counseling Center located at 420 North Main St.
The event is free and no RSVP is required.
A session at the counseling center examining substance abuse is scheduled for Feb. 6.
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