MindOut offers a range of services that support LGBTQ people who experience suicidal thoughts and suicidal distress.
Many people receive support from MindOut to talk one-to-one with another LGBTQ person for support, information or to discuss options that might help their situation. This may or may not include feeling suicidal.
Services include Counselling, Peer Support Groups, Wellbeing Workshops, 50+ activities, Advocacy, Online instant chat support, Peer Mentoring and Telephone Befriending.
Community Roots support MindOut's Suicide Intervention work by funding their Online Service, Peer Mentoring and Telephone Befriending Service. All these services are free, and a vital part of their offering to LGBTQ support people with mental health challenges. Sometimes this may be their only support. LGBTQ people using these services have reported a significant reduction in the frequency and intensity of suicidal feelings.
As part of World Suicide Prevention Day, MindOut have scheduled two online sessions in September:
- 'Supporting Suicidal Friends', Tuesday 14th September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
- 'Support with Suicidal Distress', Friday 17th September, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
They are also running two ‘bite sized’ workshops on Suicide Prevention during October:
- ‘How to Talk About Suicide’, 14th October, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
- ‘Staying Safe’, 28th October, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Click here to find out more and sign up to a session.
Introducing Chris Baker, MindOut's Suicide Prevention Worker
Chris supports LGBTQ people experiencing suicidal thoughts and suicidal distress, and helps develop coping strategies and safe plans. Chris also assists service users in accessing other services and emotional support whist they are on the waiting list to join our suicide prevention support groups.
For 21 years, MindOut has been running pioneering, unique suicide prevention support groups. Out of the Blue (mixed) and Men’s Out of the Blue, bring together LGBTQ people who have lived experience of suicidal distress. The groups create a supportive, safe space to talk about feelings, to share how we survive distress, to learn from each other and to end the silence and the isolation. Chris facilitates both Out of the Blue groups.
Chris also facilitates Suicide Prevention workshops such as ‘Helping a Suicidal Friend,’ ‘Keeping Safe and Self Care’, and ‘Managing Suicidal Thoughts’.
Talking about suicide is vital and you do not have to wait until you are in distress to talk. Do get in touch with MindOut if you'd like to find out more using the contact details below.
All MindOut support services are free, confidential, non-judgemental, person-centred and independent. Services are run by and for LGBTQ people with lived experience of mental health issues.
Call: 01273 234839 (24-hour confidential answerphone)