We are next online for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer+) mental health information and support on Friday 17th of August from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Contact one of our Online Support Workers in confidence - see the box in the bottom right hand corner.
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 – Director
Helen helped to found MindOut 15 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.
Jason Saw - Service Manager
Jason 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.
Emma Crossland - Urgent Need Advocate
Emma is the LGBTQ Urgent Need Advocate at MindOut. 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.
Phil Brooke - LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Worker
Phil 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.
Ellis Johnson - Trans Advocacy Worker
Ellis joined MindOut in 2016 as the LGBTQ Mental Health Housing Advocacy Worker and in 2017 took the role of Trans Advocacy Worker. Ellis began his career in mental health with a degree in Psychology, followed by volunteering with The Samaritans for several years. He holds qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy and has worked in frontline services for the University of Sussex and the Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service.
Ellis is passionate about empowering LGBTQ people and his work is informed by his own lived experience of mental health issues, particularly surrounding transition.
Dawn Hayes - Housing Advocacy
Dawn joined the MindOut Advocacy team in December 2017, specialising in housing related advocacy. 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 Advocacy team and use my knowledge and experience in a positive way’.
Mandy Bigden-Slack - Mental Health Advocacy
Mandy joined the Advocacy team in 2018 and is our LGBTQ Mental Health Advocate.
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, 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 - Business Development Manager
I have 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. I am delighted with my new role, focusing on generating new sources of income and fundraising for this fantastic organisation. Over time I have seen MindOut change, always going from strength to strength, and I am honoured to be involved in something so needed and so universally well thought of.
I have worked in mental health for many years as a senior manager, frontline worker and trainer – I have also fundraised to set up many new projects in the community to improve people’s wellbeing and resilience.
Kitty Clucas - Group Worker
Kitty 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.
Edward Whelan - Administrator
Edward has been a MindOut service user, Online Support volunteer and Trustee before joining the team in 2015 as Admin. He has worked previously with LGBT HIP and the Terrence Higgins Trust as a volunteer in admin, writing a sexual health guide and training and continues to work as trainer in Trans Awareness and LGBTQ Affirmative Practice. Edward was Chair of FTM Brighton, now Navigate, for two years and was a founding member of Trans Alliance Brighton.
Darren Flint - Administrator
Darren joined the team in September 2016 to provide additional administrative support. He now works for the MindOut counselling service as a therapist and as Counselling Administrator. His previous counselling experience includes roles with YMCA Downslink and Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard.
Darren is an active member of Brighton’s queer communities. Alongside his roles for MindOut Darren also runs Counselling Intentions, a private counselling practice specialising in LGBTQ client work.
George Tidey - Counselling Coordinator
George 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.
Karen Dresback - Volunteer Group Facilitator