BRISTOL - The Bristol Hospital Counseling Center is hosting a public session Tuesday on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.
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. This month’s topic is issues in the LGBTQ community, he said.
The session will touch on substance abuse and the suicide rate in the LGBTQ community, and then compare those rates to the entire community.
There will also be discussion on topics including mental health disparities, resources, private therapy and places that provide services and assistance, he said.
“It’s an open forum,” Miarecki said. “Ultimately it’s questions and answers.”
“It’s a safe environment and safe space for anyone to ask questions,” he added. Any question regarding mental health will be answered, and they 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 at 420 N. Main St. The event is free and no reservation is required.
A session examining substance abuse is scheduled for Feb. 6.