Who We Are
In 1998 Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard approached Mind in Brighton and Hove to start discussions about how to highlight the mental health needs of Brighton's LGB&T communities. A number of public meetings were held, involving local community groups, activists, service providers and service commissioners.
Comic Relief provided funding to start up an Advocacy, Group Work and Training project, run by Mind in Brighton and Hove. This became MindOut.
In 2011 MindOut branched out and became an independent charity on it's own.
MindOut is staffed by out LGBTQ workers and volunteers. The staff and volunteer team is:
Helen Jones – CEO
Helen (she/her) helped to found MindOut 20 years ago in response to the demand for services to meet the needs of Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ communities. She has worked in mental health advocacy for many years, as a psychotherapist, counsellor and group worker, and prior to that as a psychiatric nurse. She is passionate about empowerment, peer support and service user participation. Helen has an honorary MA from the University of Brighton for her services to the LGBTQ community.
Jason Saw - Service Manager
Jason (he/him) joined MindOut in 2008. He has worked in mental health and social care services for over 20 years, specialising in LGBTQ mental health advocacy and group work. He joined us as a Suicide Prevention Worker, to develop a model of suicide prevention for LGBTQ people and communities and is now our Service Manager, providing operational management for all MindOut services.
Jason is the first point of call to access our group work service, he facilitates Work it Out our support group for people in employment and he offers some of our advocacy case work.
Phil Brooke - LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Worker
Phil (he/him) started out at MindOut as a volunteer in 2010, helping to facilitate one of the peer support groups and assisting at the allotment. He was an LGBTQ mental health advocate at MindOut from 2011-2018 and holds the Qualification in Independent Advocacy (Level 3 Certificate). He now specialises in MindOut’s suicide prevention work, which includes group and one-to-one support, as well as managing MindOut’s Online Support Service.
Phil’s background is in magazine publishing and the music industry, working in editorial, and he started changing his career in 2005 with voluntary and paid roles at THT, Mind in Brighton & Hove (based at Mill View Hospital), and Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (as an occupational therapy assistant with older adults at Nevill Hospital). He is also a trainee counselling psychologist and a member of the BACP.
Dawn Hayes - Peer Mentoring and 50+ Wellbeing Co-ordinator
Dawn (she/her) joined the MindOut Advocacy team in December 2017, specialising in housing related advocacy and now co-ordinates the Peer Mentoring and 50+ support services
Dawn’s career spans over 28 years and includes tenancy management and support, customer services, repairs and improvement, and service user participation/involvement to improve services. Dawn’s main passion and focus now is listening to the ‘voice of experience’, empowerment and inclusion.
‘I am delighted to be part of the MindOut team and use my knowledge and experience in a positive way’.
Mandy Bigden-Slack - Senior Practitioner and Mental Health Advocate
Mandy (she/her) joined the Advocacy team in 2018. She has worked as an Advocate for many years, and is a City and Guilds (Level 3) qualified specialist Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA).
She has worked across a variety of voluntary and community sector organisations as well as within statutory services in London and Brighton, for people who are victims of hate crimes, experiencing homelessness and housing related issues, substance misuse concerns, ex- offenders, people with physical disabilities, minority communities and people experiencing mental health concerns; but her passion lies with her Advocacy work supporting and empowering the community in Brighton.
Liam O'Hare - Young Person's Advocacy
Liam (he/him), although employed by and based at Allsorts Youth Project, is since 2016 part of MindOut’s advocacy team. Liam’s role is to provide advocacy to young people aged 16 – 25 around any urgent need or crisis related issue. These issues are self defined and may include: money and debts, housing, homelessness, community safety, employment and unemployment, immigration and education.
He has previous experience advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in secondary schools and holds a master’s degree in sociology, researching bisexual people’s experiences of coming out and social stigma.
Kate Webb - Deputy CEO
Kate (she/her) has had various roles at MindOut over the years – from facilitating the Open Group back in 2008 to being Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2013-2014 and Business Development Manager from 2017 to March 2019. She is delighted with her new role of Deputy CEO for this fantastic organisation and hopes to help oversee MindOut going from strength to strength. She feels honoured to be involved in an organisation so effective and so universally well thought of.
Kate has worked in Third Sector mental health for many years as a senior manager, frontline worker and trainer – She has also fundraised to set up many new projects in the community to improve peoples’ wellbeing and resilience.
Kitty Clucas - Group Worker
Kitty (she/her) has been working in voluntary and paid roles in mental health for a couple of years and has been employed by Brighton Housing Trust for the past 2 years working in various projects across the city. She has worked in women-specific, older person’s and homelessness focused services of which most of her work involved facilitating groups and therapeutic activities. She completed a master’s degree in Gender Studies in 2016 which fuelled her passion for tackling issues around gender and sexuality in society.
Josetta Malcolm - Mental Health Advocate
Josetta (they/them) rejoined MindOut to run the People of Colour Peer Support Group in October 2018, and is now providing Mental Health Advocacy three days a week. They were previously a MindOut advocate for two years until 2011, when they changed jobs to work with LGBTQ charities in London; first working with young homeless people, and then managing LGBTQ mental health services. Josetta is also a yoga teacher, providing yoga on NHS mental health wards, and for LGBTQ and disabled charities in London and Brighton.
They have over 30 years’ experience in mental health; using mental health services, working as a volunteer, paid staff, trustee, manager, and focused their degree on mental health issues. They are passionate about mental wellbeing, using yoga as a tool, service-user led approaches, and supporting people to be empowered in their mental health journeys. They are a non-binary queer Person of Colour (PoC).
Darren Flint - Administrator
Darren (he/she/they) joined the team in September 2016. He works as a general Administrator for the charity and also supports the work of the Counselling service.
Darren is an active member of Brighton’s queer communities. Alongside his roles for MindOut, Darren works as a Consultant at a busy local therapy clinic. He also runs Counselling Intentions, a private counselling practice specialising in LGBTQ client work.
Emma Crossland - Counselling Coordinator (cover)
Emma (she/her) rejoins the MindOut team, as the covering Counselling Coordinator. Over the last ten years she has supported people who found themselves homeless, helping them access support to be able to get their lives back on track. She now enjoys helping LGBTQ people have their voice heard and explore their options through advocacy. She holds qualifications in psychology and counselling which help inform her work.
George Tidey - Counselling Coordinator
George (she/her) is the Counselling Service Coordinator for MindOut having launched our counselling service in November 2017. She is a qualified Counsellor Accredited by the National Counselling Society and is also a member of BACP. She has worked in private practice and spent many years providing Counselling to the LGBTQ community in her own practice and within charitable organisations. Before training to be a Counsellor George spent over ten years in management and leadership roles and now leads our team of 11 volunteer counsellors whilst maintaining our counselling service.
George is currently on sabbatical, travelling the world. She will return to MindOut in August.
Rowan Davis - Trans Advocacy Worker
Rowan (she/her or they/them) joined the advocacy team as the trans advocacy worker in January 2018. She supports trans, non-binary, and intersex people that would like help with issues including accessing healthcare, representation, safety, housing and employment.
She has been active in trans, LGB and feminist communities over the past five years and has prior experience working as a trans officer for her university and working on the NUS Women’s Campaign where she campaigned on reproductive justice for trans people. She holds a master’s degree in geography and is interested in ecology and the environment.
Lucy Kamper – Business Development Manager
Lucy (she/her) started her work with MindOut as a peer support group volunteer and went on to join us as the new Business Development Manager in April 2019. MindOut is a charity close to her heart and she’s excited to generate new sources of income and develop fundraising strategies for the organisation.
She is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and has previously run nutrition workshops for the Terrance Higgins Trust. She also holds a degree in Information & Media Studies and is interested in the representation of LGBTQ+ people in the media.
Karen Dresback - LGBTQ Mental Health Advocacy Worker
Karen (she/her) has worked with MindOut for several years, covering a range of different roles including admin, group worker, peer mentoring coordinator and now Advocacy Worker.
Georgios Hadjimichael - Administrator
Georgios (they/them) joined the MindOut team in October 2018.
They are thrilled to be a part of the MindOut team and working within the third sector. They manage the databases and deal with the day to day administrative duties within the organisation, and will often be the person answering the phone when people call the MindOut office.
Georgios sporadically works various bar and box office roles around the city, and is interested in the importance of queer spaces and communities.