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Assertiveness Skills Workshop for LGBTQ people over 50

By editor | 25/02/2021

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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Introducing Georgios: Administrator

By editor | 12/02/2021

When did you start working at MindOut? A little over two years ago.   What pronouns do you use? Them/they   Explain your job in 10 words? Behind the scenes support and first contact for client enquiries.   What do you love about your role? I enjoy that admin is often the go-to for troubleshooting … Read more

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

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

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

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
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Getting to know our Online Support Worker, Olivia Hancock

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
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MindOut launches new 3 year Strategic Plan

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
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Workshops for LGBTQ workers and volunteers

MindOut is again running a series of free online national workshops for anyone working in the LGBTQ voluntary sector. By popular demand these have been recommissioned by NHS England following our fully-booked programme in June. • Responding to Suicidal Distress/Suicide Prevention in LGBTQ Communities , Weds 22nd July 2 – 4pm • Boundaries and Safe ... Read more
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In conversation with Hannah, our Community Mental Health Advocate

What is your role at MindOut? I am the Community Mental Health Advocate at MindOut. This means that we work with our clients to help them have their voices heard, to inform them of their rights, and to support them with various practical issues surrounding mental health. Pre lockdown, I would accompany clients to benefits ... Read more
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Coming out of lockdown with MindOut

With the gradual relaxation of lockdown we wanted to update you about how MindOut will continue to help you in the coming months. We know that it continues to be a difficult time of uncertainty and restrictions and many people within LGBTQ communities are unable to access critical support and NHS services to support their ... Read more
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Staying Connected with Peer Support

Since lockdown, we have been trialling new ways to help our community to connect with each other and have introduced weekly online peer support groups. If you’re feeling lonely, anxious or low, then we can help. Our peer support sessions help people who have had similar life experiences a chance to come together and offer ... Read more
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Joe White, on a decade of using MindOut services

Service user, Joe, talks to us about how MindOut saved his life. “At this precise moment in time with lockdown, without MindOut I would probably be dead.” When did you first hear about MindOut?  I’ve used MindOut’s services for a long time, since around 2010.  Which MindOut services have you used? Peer support groups including ... Read more
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