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Mind Out received £4,889 to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. The charity works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern

We are proud to have supported Mind Out with a £4,000 grant and are pleased to report that last year they helped 1,342 people who were struggling with social isolation, suicidal distress, financial hardship, discrimination, hate crime and exclusion.

Theodosia’s Story

MindOut case study“I first heard about MindOut from a friend who realised that I was really struggling. I was homeless and sofa-surfing, but it wasn’t until after my dad died in December last year and I suddenly felt so alone, that I got in touch.

I hadn’t had much contact with my family when he was alive because of my trans identity. But I was experiencing pain and needed someone to tell me that everything would be OK.

When I finally called MindOut there was no waiting for an appointment – they saw me straight away. I booked a counselling appointment and then an advocacy appointment about my housing. The counselling was the key which unlocked me – I felt free to discuss the domestic violence I had experienced as a young person which enabled me to reconnect and offer myself at a different level to society.

I immediately felt comfortable with staff at MindOut – suddenly I had people who were looking after me. They made me feel safe and I’ve definitely been heard this time. The staff are not just doing their jobs – they are professional, understanding, warm and caring. I’m very grateful to MindOut – they expressed so much respect not only for my trans identity but to who I am as a human being.

I also attended the Work It Out peer support group which has made me feel really good because I’ve been heard and I can support other people. It has helped me to see that Brighton is a very beautiful city and I now feel welcome and part of something – a community.”

“I would recommend MindOut to anyone.”

 

 

 

 

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