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IDAHOBIT Day 2022

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…

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Rita Hirani joins MindOut as Chief Executive Officer

Rita Hirani (she/her) has been appointed as the new CEO at MindOut. Rita will build on the foundation and fantastic work done by founder Helen Jones and the MindOut team so far. Rita plans to develop, diversify and strengthen the charity as we move into a post-covid era. Rita is a social entrepreneur and trainer,…

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Loneliness support this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

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…

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MindOut stands in solidarity with the trans community

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Bingo Ball Fundraiser with Fast Forward 15 and Alfie Ordinary 

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…

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Trans Healthcare Self Advocacy Workshop

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…

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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…

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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...
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Lama Rod Owens event in Brighton

MindOut is very excited that Lama Rod Owens, Buddhist minister, is coming to Brighton for an event on ‘Queer Resiliency in Times of Change’. Lama Rod is a US Buddhist teacher, bestselling author, activist, and authorized Lama in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. He will be in Brighton for a day of reflection and...
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Vacancy: CEO

We are looking for a committed candidate with senior leadership experience of leading a service delivery organisation, ensuring infrastructures and resources are in place to match a growing demand. You will bring a strong understanding of the complexity of LGBTQ mental health services, and how to support their expansion. With a collaborative management style, you...
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Emily Ballantyne appointed as Interim CEO

Emily Ballantyne (she/her) has been appointed as Interim CEO at MindOut.  After 22 years as founder CEO Helen Jones is stepping down on 17th February.  Emily will be working with the Trustees to recruit a new permanent CEO. She has worked in the community and voluntary sector for 25 years as a volunteer, specialist advice...
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Vacancy: Volunteer Opportunities

Join our dynamic, growing LGBTQ mental health service. We are seeking volunteer Telephone Befrienders, Peer Mentors and Online Support Workers Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 14th March 2022 visit www.mindout.org.uk/jobs to download an application pack
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CEO, Helen Jones, receives MBE in the New Years Honours

MindOut is delighted to announce that our out-going founder CEO, Helen Jones, will receive an MBE in the New Years Honours. She is being honoured for her contribution to LGBTQ mental health over the 22 years since she started MindOut. ‘When I heard that I was offered an MBE I considered whether or not to...
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New course of Self-Advocacy workshops for LGBTQ people over 50

As part of MindOut’s Age Matters project, we are planning a series of workshops for older LGBTQ people. These workshops will be held via Zoom. These workshops are available to any people over 50 years old who identify as LGBTQ, as well as any MindOut service users, volunteers, staff, and trustees. You will be able...
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The Big Give Christmas Challenge turns up trumps

For our winter fundraising campaign this year we tested out The Big Give Christmas Challenge. As the largest match funding campaign in the UK, we gave our supporters the opportunity to double their donation so they could have twice the impact on MindOut’s counselling service. We never expected to hit our £4000 target within 24...
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MindOut’s LGBTQ(+) glossary

Welcome to MindOut’s LGBTQ (+) glossary. There will always be evolving terminology around sexual and gender identities and simple explanations can be useful. Here’s our guide to help us all be better allies.    Sexual Orientation Glossary   + (plus) ‍The ‘+’ at the end of LGBTQ+ is used to acknowledge the many terms to describe those that have a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, as not all of these identities are specified in the LGBTQ initialism, which stands for lesbian,...
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