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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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The Body Shop – A socially responsible corporate

We LOVE The Body Shop! And luckily for us, they seem to love us too. MindOut has worked with TBS since 2019 when we were chosen as one of their charities of the year. Since then they have continued to impress us with their commitment to LGBTQ mental health and they are a shining example...
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‘Winter blues’ tips with Darren, our Counselling Coordinator

As the days draw shorter, the sun gets low in the sky and the weather turns cold, our pace of life can change, and with it our outlook. Many of us will have had this sense of ‘the winter blues.’ For some people, the effects can be really heavy and we’d consider them to have...
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The Big Give Christmas Challenge, 2021

This year MindOut has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2021, which is the UK’s largest match funding campaign. We’ve set the target of raising £4K for our counselling services and all donations will be match funded for 7 days from 12pm on the 30th November, #GivingTuesday. One donation, twice the...
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This Trans Awareness Week we caught up with our trans advocate Lou and trustee Vicky-Jane

Hi Lou, what can people expect from MindOut’s Trans advocacy service? The Trans Advocacy Service works one-on-one with people, to empower and support them to use their voice to make meaningful change on issues impacting them. I work with people on a huge range of issues, both small and large, such as responding to transphobia...
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Job Vacancy: Counselling Service Assistant

Choice of part time or full time work, min 14 hours a week Full time salary: £25,042 pa, increasing to £27,500 pa after 6 months We are looking for an experienced Counsellor to help run our busy low-cost community Counselling service. Closing date: 5pm, Monday 6 December 2021 Interview date: Friday 13 December 2021 Please...
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Job Vacancy: Online Support Coordinator

35 hours per week Salary: £27,306 pa Experienced, enthusiastic coordinator sought to develop our national LGBTQ mental health online support service. You will be leading and supporting a team of volunteers to deliver our established and busy service. Closing date 12pm midday, Monday 6th December 2021. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 15th December. Please...
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Job Vacancy: Project Worker

  Mental Health Project Workers (2x posts) We are looking for two dynamic and enthusiastic LGBTQ people with mental health and suicide prevention service delivery experience to support the running of our wellbeing, peer support and case work services. Full time post: 35 hours per week Full time salary: £25,042 pa pro rata Part time...
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Mental health in an unequal world

For many of us the last 18 months has caused us to think more about our health and wellbeing, and put it higher up on our agenda now. We benefit from excellent public services in the UK, like the NHS, but not all of us have the same experience of accessing health services and this...
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Exploring sexuality and gender with our Fundraising Assistant, Malaika, this Bi Week

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? My name is Malaika (she/they), I’m a 23-year-old non-binary womxn, currently living in Salford! When did you start questioning your sexual identity? I started questioning my sexual identity in my first year of university. I began by identifying with Pansexuality, and then Bisexual. I now identify...
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