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.
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’.
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.
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.
Mandy Bigden-Slack - Senior Advocacy Practioner
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.
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.
Hannah Creedon - Community Advocate
Hannah (she/her) has joined the advocacy team as our part-time Community Mental Health Advocate. Hannah has a Masters in Equality Studies from University College Dublin. She has previously volunteered for Mind in London as an appropriate adult working with juveniles and adults with mental health issues while in police custody. She is passionate about accessibility and equality and LGBTQ rights.
Olivia Hancock - Online Support Worker
Olivia (she/her) began as a volunteer at Mindout and has now joined the team as an the Online Support Worker. Supporting volunteers, conducting research for the service to identify need and demand, promote the service and generally help to make sure it is running at its best! Her background is in Music and Art and came to the charity sector after wanting to take her activism work further. She has just begun her training as a psychotherapist and is currently doing a BA in Psychosocial Studies with Principles of Psychodynamic counselling and also works as an art teacher.
Ella De Roeck - Mental Health Advocacy Worker
Ella (she/her) joined the MindOut team in January 2020 as a mental health advocacy worker, supporting the main Advocacy Team. Ella has a background in Psychology and has over 20 years experience as a frontline worker in the third sector, supporting people experiencing abuse, loss and trauma. Ella is also an advanced clinical massage therapist with an interest in the mind body connection.
Chris Barker – Suicide Prevention Group Worker
Chris (he/him) joined MindOut in January 2020 and facilitates weekly support groups including ‘Out of the Blue’. His background is working in community services for people who have experienced homelessness; he has also worked with a range of charities and public sector organisations to develop Peer Mentoring initiatives.
Since 2015, Chris has been developing an independent training and consultancy service. He is passionate about working alongside people who have lived experience of mental distress to deliver courses on subjects such as Trauma Informed Care, Suicide First Aid, Peer Support and Recovery Planning.
Emma Crossland - Interim Counselling Coordinator
Emma (she/her) has worked for MindOut in various roles over the last four years, including managing the advocacy service and online support service. She is delighted to be involved in the MindOut counselling service as the interim Counselling Coordinator, believing in the importance of affordable and accessible LGBTQ affirmative counselling. She is a qualified individual and relationship counsellor and co-founded Sensing Friends, an eco-therapy peer support group for young people with sensory needs.