About the service and what to expect

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

They recognise that communities are wonderfully diverse and welcome all LGBTQ+ people including those who identify as asexual, aromantic, pansexual, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid and intersex.

The services are also available to those who may not identify under the LGBTQ umbrella including straight people who have sexual and/or romantic relationships with LGBTQ people, men who have sex with men, women who have sex with women, people who previously identified as LGBTQ and those who are questioning their sexual and/or gender identities.

MindOut services are for LGBTQ people aged 18+ who are based in Brighton and Hove, with the exception of the Online Support service which is available globally

Peer mentoring project

The peer mentoring project can link you up with a trained volunteer peer mentor who can help you to develop new skills, explore areas of interest, improve social connections and try new things. The mentor you are matched with can have similar interests, experiences and identities as you, if that’s what you need or want.

“I wasn’t expecting the experience to be so powerful. My social skills and self-confidence were strengthened. It was very important work for which I am very grateful.”

MindOut Service user

Online support

The online support service is an out of hours instant message service that is confidential, non-judgmental and anonymous. It is open every day including weekends and evenings.

The service is run by trained online support workers and mental health advocates who are ready to provide emotional support, information or signpost you in the right direction. You can chat to the workers about whatever is on your mind, and they will always try to help in whatever way they can.

“I make contact often, because it helps me feels connected to the outside world, without it I wouldn’t have contact with anyone.”

MindOut Service User

What support can the service offer?

  • Emotional and listening support without judgement and unwanted advice or opinions
  • Information and signposting in the right direction
  • Help you to think about ways to stay safe and develop coping strategies
  • General conversation about whatever is on your mind
  • Space to reflect and to problem solve
  • Information and access to other MindOut services
  • Contact with LGBTQ people to help you feel less alone or isolated
  • An opportunity to share opinions and talk about issues and events that are important to you
  • Space to talk through choices and decision

Further Information

For more information and to discuss accessing support from MindOut please call 0808 196 1768 to speak to a member of our Central Access Point team. Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can arrange a callback.