MindOut is run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people. Our staff, volunteers, board of trustees, and ambassadors all identify as LGBTQ and have experience of mental health challenges.
Our ambassadors come from all walks of life and throughout the year they play a key role in promoting MindOut’s mission and services. Read on for more information about our fabulous MindOut ambassadors.
I am so excited to be a MindOut ambassador and support such an amazing charity. Mental health is something that a large amount of people struggle with, and the percentage of LGBTQ+ people who struggle is extremely high. I’m honoured to support MindOut as it's an incredible charity which provides support and health for a huge amount of LGBTQ+ people, without any discrimination. I love that the charity places huge importance on being an “anti-racist organisation” and taking the time to “understand and process white privilege”, placing extra support amongst LGBTQ+ people of colour. They also have an international online chat service which provides mental health support to people worldwide which is amazing! - ABISHA (she/her)
I feel incredibly honoured to be an ambassador for MindOut. The work that MindOut does for the wider LGBTQI+ community is outstanding. Its focus on suicide prevention work is something that is incredibly personal to myself and is so vital within our community. Access to good mental health services is a challenge for so many but particularly the LGBTQI+ community who face unique challenges that MindOut offer through their peer mentors and much more. I am so happy that I have been able to help and raise much needed funds for the organisation and hope that our continued relationship will enable this fantastic charity to keep thriving. Keep up the outstanding work MindOut! - Ophelia Payne (she/her)
Like far too many LGBTQ+ people, I’ve experienced mental health issues, and so MindOut are an organisation very close to my heart. When you’re LGBTQ+ you tend to spend the first part of your life hiding who you are, often feeling like an outcast. In many cases, like mine, this is coupled with constant bullying. When I came out at 18, the insecurities over being my true self, a deep sense of not belonging, experiencing very real discrimination and intimidation, and facing the reality of being gay in a scarily heteronormative world were all things weighing down on me, and still are. We must do more to make life and mental health better for every single LGBTQ+ person – and I’m honoured to be an ambassador for MindOut who are at the forefront of this mission. - Edwin Buckley (he/him)