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Trans awareness and trans remembrance

By editor | 17/11/2020

One of the most urgent and critical mental health issues in LGBTQ communities is the rate and intensity of suicidal distress for trans and non-binary people. 21 years ago we started offering mental health advocacy support to LGBTQ people. One of our first clients was Sarah. She came to us in crisis, extremely distressed. Sarah … Read more

Peer Support Groups open for new members

By editor | 12/10/2020

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

Talking About Mental Health For All

By editor | 08/10/2020

The World Mental Health Day, the theme is ‘Mental Health For All’. In this video, MindOut’s Kate and Kitty discuss LGBTQ mental health, as well as talking about why LGBTQ specific services are so crucial and why MindOut’s services work.

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Getting to know the MindOut counselling service with Emmie Prosper

By editor | 24/09/2020

What course are you studying at the moment and why did you choose this discipline? I’m studying an MA in Gestalt Therapy Theory Studies. I chose this is because prior to training as a psychotherapist I qualified as an executive coach. The programme director was a Gestalt therapist so it was largely down to her … Read more

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Spotlight on our telephone befriending and online peer mentoring services!

By editor | 24/09/2020

Telephone befriending: Many of us feel lonely or isolated. Sometimes we can find ourselves without someone to spend time with or share news with or talk to about our lives. Sometimes we don’t feel connected to our communities or to people like us, with our LGBTQ identity. Our telephone befriending project offers opportunities for people … Read more

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“Volunteering at MindOut was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, to give back to my community in this way.” – Lucy Kamper

By editor | 21/09/2020

I started volunteering for MindOut when a trans friend sadly took her own life in 2018. I volunteered in one of the groups and also as a peer mentor. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to give back to my community in this way. Through the amazing training offered by MindOut and … Read more

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Why is Bisexuality Awareness Week so important? – by Dominic Arnall, Chair of MindOut

By editor | 18/09/2020

Most LGBTQ people I know are pretty good at reading signals. If you’ve grown up experiencing a level of discrimination or prejudice growing up, it becomes second-nature to risk-assess your environment before revealing something about yourself that could put you in danger. Or at very least, make things awkward. Some same-sex couples will get used … Read more

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Counsellor, Adam, celebrates volunteering with MindOut

By editor | 03/09/2020

MindOut have been a fundamental part of my growth as a counsellor, because I joined them right at the start of my training, just as they were opening the counselling service. The first thing to say on a personal level was – and this was mind-blowing to me – MindOut actually wanted me to join … Read more

Getting to know our Online Support Worker, Olivia Hancock

By editor | 31/07/2020

How old are you?  25 What are your pronouns?  She/her How do you define your sexuality?  I don’t use a specific word. Every time I do, I get stressed out and feel like I need live up to some kind of standard. I usually just say “I’m a part of the LGBTQ community” but that’s … Read more

MindOut launches new 3 year Strategic Plan

By editor | 31/07/2020

We have consulted with service users, volunteers, staff, partners and a wide range of stakeholders to develop a new three year Strategic Plan 2020 – 2023.  We will be building on our last three very successful years to grow our work and widen our influence.  MindOut is uniquely placed to improve the mental health of … Read more

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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