I am part of the LGBTIQ+ community and would like mental health support

Specialist LGBTIQ+ mental health services

Advocacy

Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. Someone who helps you in this way is called your advocate.

An advocate can:

Listen to your views and concerns

Help you explore your options and rights (without pressuring you)

Provide information to help you make informed decisions help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf

Accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments

See MIND.org.uk's page on working with an advocate

Other services:

Call Havering MIND's Gateway helpline on 01708 457040 or email reach.us@haveringmind.org.uk to access talking therapies and counselling or to be referred to the service you need.

NHS recommended specialist services

Gendered Intelligence - The organisation runs youth groups in London, Leeds and Bristol for trans, non-binary and questioning young people. It also runs a peer-led support group in London for people aged 18 to 30

Imaan - Imaan is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) Muslims, providing an online forum where people can share experiences and ask for help

Consortium - This membership organisation work to support LGBT+ organisations and projects around the country. Use the site's Member's Directory to find local mental health services

LGBT Foundation - The LGBT Foundation offers information, advice, and support services, including a Talking Therapies Programme to LGBT people

London Friend - London Friend offers support groups and services, such as counselling and drug and alcohol support, to LGBT people in and around London

Pink Therapy - Pink Therapy has an online directory of therapists who work with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ), and people who are gender- and sexual-diverse (GSD)

Stonewall - Find LGBT mental health services near you using Stonewall's "What's in my area?" search box

Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline - Switchboard provides a listening service for LGBT+ people over the phone, via email and online chat. It can provide you with contact details of an LGBT-friendly therapist

Resources for young people

Albert Kennedy Trust - AKT supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the uk who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment

Young Stonewall - Young Stonewall supports young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people - as well as those who are questioning - here and abroad. They work to empower all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to campaign for equality and fair treatment for LGBTQ people, and against discrimination

56 Dean Street - 56 Dean Street offers confidential sexual health services to gay and bisexual men aged 21 and under without an appointment in the London area

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