Out in the Open: A Panel Discussion on Gender, Sexuality + Mental Health
December 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tickets are free but reservations are required as seats are limited. Donations are welcomed.
In conversation with the exhibition: Jon Gann, infinity splinters / resttagebücher, Scalehouse Gallery is facilitating a panel discussion with mental health professionals in the community on the intersection of mental health, sexuality, and gender identity.
The aim of this panel is to open up a conversation around mental health, giving particular focus to experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Two-Spirit (LGBTQIA2S+) individuals in Bend and Central Oregon. A panel of mental health professionals with experience working with issues related to sexuality, gender identity and gender expression, will speak about some of the unique challenges faced by those in the LGBTQIA2S+ community. They will also provide guidance on finding help, combating shame and discuss ways to support a friend or family member who might be questioning or struggling. Audience members will be welcome to ask questions or share their own experiences.
Too often mental illness is presented as an individual problem, not a social one. By hosting this conversation in a community arts setting, we hope to emphasize the connections between supportive community, creative expression and wellbeing.
Panelist information to come.