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New Peer Support Groups are open for new members

By editor | 28/01/2021

Managing our mental health and wellbeing can be challenging and at times isolating.  MindOut offers friendly, supportive groups for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people, where you can share your experiences, talk about how you manage and find out what helps others. Our Peer Support Groups offer spaces to meet and connect with other … Read more

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MindOut’s Advocacy Service has recieved the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM)

By editor | 19/01/2021

We’re really proud that our Advocacy service has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi). The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy.  This award recognises and promotes good policy and practice with the aim of enabling all people to … Read more

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LGBTQ Over-50s Advocacy Workshops

By editor | 07/01/2021

Facilitators: Karen Dresback, 50+ Project Advocacy Worker and Dawn Hayes, 50+Project Leader We’re excited to be offering a series of Advocacy workshops for LGBTQ people aged over 50, starting on January 28th. These workshops will cover a range of topics and are available to any LGBTQ people who identify as LGBTQ, as well as any … Read more

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Chatting with Karen Dresback, LGBTQ Advocacy Worker

By editor | 23/12/2020

What is your role at MindOut? I am an advocate and the member of the team who leads and takes on the majority of housing and over-50s cases. I help to link people in with housing services and make housing applications and transfer requests. I also put people in touch with other support services. For … Read more

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Meet Yasmin, our LGBTQ PoC group worker

By editor | 21/12/2020

Yasmin Kapadia has facilitated a number of peer support groups for MindOut including one for BAME service users. We are very happy that she will be facilitating our LGBTQ PoC peer support group starting in February. She also runs a private practice as an Integrative Transpersonal counsellor and works as a mental health mentor at … Read more

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Online and Telephone Counselling Works!

By editor | 21/12/2020

When we first went into lockdown in March, MindOut moved quickly to offer online and telephone sessions to our existing clients, so that they could complete their counselling. This soon led to us offering remote sessions to new clients. Uptake was slow in the beginning, both clients and counsellors alike had concerns about the effectiveness … Read more

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MindOut’s 12 Days of Winter Wellbeing

By editor | 21/12/2020

The festive season can be a difficult time of year for LGBTQ individuals and this Christmas is likely to be particularly isolating due to the pandemic.  You might be feeling lonely or you may be enduring an uncomfortable Christmas bubble with family. Here are MindOut’s top tips for staying mentally well this winter. Day 1. … Read more

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LGBTQ Over-50s Self-Advocacy Workshop

By editor | 10/12/2020

17th December 2020 1-3pm, via Zoom Facilitators: Karen Dresback, 50+ Project Advocacy Worker and Dawn Hayes, 50+Project Leader Self-advocacy is the skill of making your voice heard where it is otherwise silenced. This is particularly difficult for those of us who are often silenced in society through prejudice and discrimination. Self-advocating involves taking control of your … Read more

LGBTQ POC Peer Support Group

By editor | 10/12/2020

We are very excited to announce our new Peer Support Group for LGBTQ People of Colour will be starting in February 2021. The group will be facilitated by Yasmin Kapadia and will run via Zoom. The group will run for 90 minutes on Wednesday afternoons from February for 18 weeks. This will be online via … Read more

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MindOut Celebration Event 2020

By editor | 18/11/2020

Our Annual Celebration Event 2020 looks a little different this year! Check out the video as we reflect on the last year of MindOut’s achievements. We are also thrilled to present you with our Annual Report 2019-2020. Have a look and see what we’ve been up to.

Job Vacancy: Community Engagement Worker

  Community Engagement Worker We are looking for a dynamic, resilient person with a good understanding of the mental health needs and experiences of LGBTQ people and experience of providing supportive case work management. 14 hours per week. Salary £25,042 pro rata (£10,017 per annum) Closing date 12:00 Friday 21 May 2021 Interview Date Thursday ... Read more
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MindOut’s CEO shortlisted for award

We are delighted to announce that Helen Jones has been named as one of the Top 10 Outstanding Contributors to LGBT+ Life 2021. ‘I am so honoured to have been nominated and so honoured to be on such an amazing list of people, all of whom are incredible!  I would like to thank the brilliant ... Read more
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Join MindOut’s #MentalHealthMatters fundraiser and help us raise £3000! Prizes to be won! The Covid19 pandemic has thrown the UK into a mental health crisis. This March a national Mental Health Matters Crowdfunder has been launched to raise funds and draw attention to the mental health challenges people are facing today. 40% of LGBTQ people ... Read more
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Bursaries for Black and trans/QTIPOC Counsellor Training

MindOut are excited to offer a limited number of bursaries for Black and trans/QTIPOC counsellors to undertake training. Bursaries are open to QTIPoC (Queer, trans and/or Intersex People of Colour) and to all LGBTQ People of Colour. We recognise that Black people in our communities face exceptional barriers and we expect that at least one ... Read more
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MindOut’s Spring and Summer online training programme

We’ve been proud to provide LGBTQ inclusion and Affirmative Practice training for the last 13 years and 2021 has been delightfully busy for our expanding Training Programme. Our Trans 101, A-Z of Inclusion and bespoke workshops have never been more popular! Since we’re deeply passionate about helping organisations and professionals to become more confident in ... Read more
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Talking mental health with MindOut’s CEO, Helen Jones

When did you first become aware of your own mental health? I grew up in a family where mental health was often talked about. My mother had bi-polar and my father was often depressed, so I was aware of mental health issues from a very young age. I saw first hand how prejudiced people were ... Read more
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Trans and non-binary mental health advocacy

We are very proud of our trans and non-binary run mental health advocacy service – one of the few in the UK. We provide advice, information and representation for trans, non-binary, intersex, and/or gender diverse people who have experience of mental health issues. MindOut’s advocacy services have an excellent reputation as a well-known, trusted community ... Read more
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International Women’s Day Event

MindOut, with Opening Doors London, is hosting an International Women’s Day event on Monday 8th March. It’s an informal chat for LGBTQ+ women aged 50 and  over about coping during the pandemic. Offer your wisdom and connect over a cup of tea! To book a place please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/speak-out-registration-142089998009
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Assertiveness Skills Workshop for LGBTQ people over 50

2-3.30pm Thursday 4th March 2021 Trainer: Karen Dresback In the second of our series of self-advocacy workshops for LGBTQ people over 50, we will be focussing on Assertiveness. Assertiveness is a key skill in being able to self-advocate and is important in getting our voices heard effectively. In this workshop we will be looking at: ... Read more
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