MindOut aims to improve the wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer people who experience mental health issues, through the provision of services run by and for LGBTQ people. We aim to reduce stigma and promote positive mental health, reduce isolation and increase resilience. Our services support LGBTQ people across the spectrum of mental health experience. People use our services in a variety of ways, e.g some come seeking one-to-one support in a crisis, some want advice for a specific mental health issue, some want to share their mental health experiences and to give and receive support with others in similar situations. Many of our clients have not been anywhere else for mental health support and request our assistance to access other services, we are often a first point of access for LGBTQ people in distress.
All our services are created in response to what LGBTQ communities tell us that they need. Our service users have been at the heart of what we do for the last 17 years. Based in Brighton & Hove we work across East & West Sussex and provide a national out of hours on-line support service. We provide advice, information and advocacy; peer support groups; peer mentoring; suicide prevention initiatives; mental health promotion and anti-stigma events. We run general mental health support groups as well as specific groups for trans* people, bi people, older people, men and women. We run a group for people in employment (Work It Out) and people who are suicidal (Out of the Blue). We run wellbeing courses such as Mindfulness and managing stress. We also provide consultancy and training for employers on mental health and affirmative practice. Many of our service users go on to become volunteers for MindOut as they want to give something back. We work with over 400 people per year, providing almost 1000 group work places.
To find out more about what MindOut do and how you can get involved, click here.