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January 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The LGBTQ Community and Mental Health / Addiction Issues
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Featured Speaker: Chris Duarte
Members of the LGBTQ Community are at higher risk of mental health issues, anxiety, depression, substance misuse, and suicide than the rest of the population. And LGBTQ Youth are at even higher risk according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Why is this and how can families and communities help? Come learn about issues and resources.
Chris Duarte, M.S. B.H.T. has been committed to making the world a safer place for members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) community for 15 years as a non-partisan advocate/pro activist, leader, writer, educator, coordinator, trainer and consultant. Chris, a Veteran of the armed forces, graduated with Honors and the President’s Award from Northern Arizona University, obtaining two BS degrees and a Masters. Since the start of his career, Chris has created and directed several outreach programs, educated about LGBTQ issues in more than 1000 presentations, and has volunteered more than 10,000 hours to support members of the LGBTQ community in healthcare, education and criminal justice. Chris currently chairs the GYCC LGBTQ Coalition in Yavapai County and serves as Chair of the Northern Arizona Human Rights Council.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The Mental Health Coalition presents a FREE program the last Monday of the month. The program is open to the public and we have a speaker or panel who discuss a specific area of mental illness.