Group of LGBTQI people with a pink background, on of the person's is wearing the intersex pride flag top. The text at the top of the image reads 'Our bodies, Our lives, Our rights'.

This year’s IDAHOBIT 2022 theme is ‘Our bodies, Our rights, Our choice.’ As LGBTQI+ people this day highlights our basic human rights to live our sexualities and express our gender(s). We deserve to be free from physical violence and oppression, from so-called ‘therapies’ to forced sterilisation of Trans and Intersex people. Hear from the MindOut team … Read more

Loneliness support this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

A non-binary femme embracing another student in a school bathroom

Loneliness is a sadly common experience amongst LGBTQ+ communities and is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. A lot of social activity is centred on the commercial ‘scene’ which might not be accessible to people for all kinds of reasons. Geographical isolation, having a low income, not feeling welcomed on the basis … Read more

MindOut stands in solidarity with the trans community

trans flag background with text on top that reads 'keep your promise ban conversion therapy

We are dismayed by the UK Government’s plans to backtrack on the conversion therapy ban, which has actively excluded our trans siblings. Trans rights are human rights and we stand shoulder to shoulder with every trans person on this matter. The Government’s own data shows that trans people are more likely to be subjected to … Read more

Introducing Calvin Stovell, our People of Colour Development Manager

Calvin Stovell (he/him) joined MindOut in February 2022 as our LGBTQ People of Colour Development Manager. Calvin is leading on the organisation’s anti-racism work and is developing interventions and support to specifically help LGBTQ people of colour with their mental health. Prior to joining MindOut, Calvin worked as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) providing … Read more

Join our ‘Work It Out’ sessions this Stress Awareness Month

For many people work is a big stressor in life. LGBTQ people can risk feeling unseen, excluded or discriminated against at work, heightening stress. If you can relate, you might be interested in our ‘Work It Out’ services – support for LGBTQ people in paid employment. Our Work It Out peer support group is held … Read more

MindOut’s counselling service, busier than ever

Over the past year, MindOut’s counselling service has recovered from the disruption caused by the pandemic, and is now bigger than ever. We’re doing our best to keep up with the demand for low-cost LGBTQ-affirmative counselling, but we’ve had to put in some restrictions to help manage our waiting list. At the moment, unfortunately, we … Read more

Bingo Ball Fundraiser with Fast Forward 15 and Alfie Ordinary 

white appearing drag artist wearing a sequenced jump suit with their back towards the camera

This International Women’s Day we attended the Fast Forward 15 Bingo Ball Fundraiser with fabulous drag prince, Alfie Ordinary, at ExCeL London.   Fast Forward 15 is a not-for-profit mentoring scheme for women working in events, hospitality and travel. As we also offer peer mentoring at MindOut, the collaboration was a perfect fit.   A highlight … Read more

Trans Healthcare Self Advocacy Workshop

Self-Advocacy Workshop leaflet

MindOut is planning a Self-Advocacy workshop for Trans people on trans healthcare. The workshop will be held on Zoom on Thursday 24th March, 2.30 – 4pm. It will be led by Lou Thomas (they/them), MindOut’s Trans Advocate.  It’s open to trans service users and volunteers. The workshop will cover speaking up for yourself, accessing services … Read more

This Eating Disorder Awareness Week we caught up with Lucy, our Business Development Manager, and Darren, our Counselling Services Manager.

This Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Lucy Kamper (she/her) our Business Development Manager and Darren Flint (he/she/they) our Counselling Services Manager met up with Malaika Fallah (she/they), our Fundraising Assistant to discuss Lucy and Darren’s past experiences with disordered eating. Check out the full discussion below on YouTube.  Trigger warning: This Eating Disorder Awareness Week discussion … Read more