MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Service

MindOut is a mental health service run by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer communities in Brighton & Hove, an area which has one of the largest and growing LGBTQ communities in Europe. They offer a range of services including advice and information, advocacy, peer support, group work, workshops, suicide prevention, online support and low-cost counselling. Mental health issues are a particularly prevalent within these communities due to discrimination, stigma and hate crime and the charity strives to make mental health a whole community concern. Each year they work with over 1,300 people.

MindOut applied to the Foundation for the first time to request support for expanding their over 50s programme, a demographic which typically has limited family networks and where formal settings such as residential care homes often lack adequate services to support them. MindOut was able to demonstrate a solid track record of delivery over the past 19 years, robust monitoring and evaluation of their work and compelling case studies. When the charity applied to the Foundation they had raised funds from a variety of sources including the local authority, individuals and from local community fundraising and had a shortfall that they were struggling to fill. The Trustees were happy to help the charity to close their funding gap.

“We are immensely grateful to Garfield Weston for their support to develop our work for older LGBTQ people. We are all too aware of the high prevalence of distress and social isolation for LGBTQ people over 50, and particularly for those over 70. This grant is helping us to work with older service users to provide peer support, crisis support and social opportunities for some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities.” Helen Jones, CEO.