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 of race and culture, (dis)ability, age or ‘attractiveness’ can all be barriers.
Meanwhile, LGBTQ+ people may suffer rejection from family, friends, colleagues and others which can also contribute to social isolation. Not being able to share our authentic selves such as feeling ‘trapped in the closet’ can bring a sense of loneliness even for people surrounded by a busy social circle.
MindOut offers a range of services that can help to lessen that sense of loneliness. Our online support service, is available on-demand (during its opening hours) for a supportive chat. Our peer support services offer contact in a range of formats, from one-to-one befriending calls, to structured mentoring or regular support groups. Our counselling service offers a chance to work in-depth with an LGBTQ therapist, perhaps to address the root causes of social isolation.
For more information see our website, call 01273 234839 or email [email protected]
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