Mindout Lgb&t Mental Health Project

MindOut LGBTQ Counselling Service

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people with experience of mental health issues. We work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1140098)

open_in_new https://www.mindout.org.uk/
Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£5,171

Donations

26

Championed by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • LGBTQAILGBTQAI
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

MindOut is essential because 40% of those who identify as LGBTQ will experience mental health challenges compared with 25% of the general population. Our work is vital because our service users do not get the support they need from mainstream services, they often feel isolated from LGBTQ communities and face additional discrimination and exclusion. LGBTQ people wait longer to ask for help and deserve a safe space where their identities are recognised and understood.

Solution

To support LGBTQ people with mental health issues MindOut offers advocacy, counselling, peer-mentoring, peer support groups, befriending and online instant web chat. Our counselling service is integral in terms of effectively reducing social isolation and mental health challenges including trauma and suicidal distress. Increasing the capacity of our counselling service will help us to meet the escalating mental health demands of LGBTQ communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

  • “I am extremely grateful for my counselling at Mindout using an LGBTQ mental health service meant I felt safe, accepted and listened to”

    — Laura

  • “I feel that I have worked through some things that I’ve carried with me for a long time. I’ve seen things in new ways and feel much more positive and accepting of myself as I am…”

    — Sim

  • “Things surfaced that I hadn’t expected, working through these things has helped me so much”

    — Darius