The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF)

Counselling and Suicide Prevention

Each year we provide 1000+ counselling sessions to lesbian, gay & bisexual people suffering from a range of mental health issues. Over 55% of people using our service have previously made at least 1 attempt at suicide. 98% show improvement in their mental health with a 100% satisfaction rating

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1070904)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£20,000

Amount raised

£792

Donations

18

    Category

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

Situation

In our extensive LGB community research project entitled 'I Exist' a high level of need regarding mental health & well-being was discovered. 42% had had suicidal thoughts, 73% suffered from low self esteem or lack of confidence, 55% suffered from depression and 60% had anxiety attacks. All of these can then lead to more serious mental health conditions if not dealt with. Many self medicate using drugs & alcohol causing even more issues down the line.

Solution

The project will provide face to face counselling at the times people need to work through their difficulties. The project will provide trained counsellers, usually for 12 sessions and also therapy groups which have the added bonus of providing peer mentoring for those at a different stage in their journey. The helpline available 10am to 10pm provides instant access to information, advice and support 7 days a week.