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Advocacy

MindOut advocacy services are welcoming, affirmative and supportive of all LGBTQ people.

MindOut offers a unique, professional and independent advocacy service run by and for LGBTQ people with lived experience of mental health issues.

 

“Without the support from MindOut my life would have spiralled out of control! My advocate has helped me stay on top of things, my life has really changed, he has saved my life!”

 

An advocate can help you to:

  • Think about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing
  • Express your views and concerns
  • Explore options and make decisions
  • Have your voice heard on issues that are important to you
  • Defend and safeguard your rights
  • Improve your access to services and information
  • Feel more empowered and in control of your life
  • Prioritise any issues, concerns or problems
  • Negotiate with service providers
  • Write letters, fill out forms and make calls
  • Attend meetings and appointments
  • Speak up, be heard or if need be, represent you
  • Make complaints

 

“My advocate helped me – over and above.  I was listened to and heard and what I was going through was not invalidated”

 

Our advocacy services include:

Mental Health Advocacy

Supporting LGBTQ people with concerns connected to; accessing mental health services, speaking to GP’s and other health professionals, achieving or challenging diagnosis, medication and treatment options, referral systems, waiting times, making a complaint.

Urgent Need Advocacy

For LGBTQ people experiencing economic disadvantage and crisis which may include financial hardship, homelessness and food poverty. The service can support people to prevent urgent need crisis, supply food and toiletry parcels to those in need and support people to access services that can help with shelter, hot meals, emergency accommodation, debts and welfare benefits.

Housing Advocacy

Supports LGBTQ people with issues or concerns relating to housing or homelessness; these may include: tenancy maintenance and issues, evictions notices, neighbour disputes or harassment, insecure housing, poor living conditions, and welfare benefits.

Trans Advocacy

Is provided by trans advocates, for trans and non-binary people or anyone wanting support in relation to theirs or someone else’s gender identity or gender expression. Trans advocacy can help with concerns connected to the trans care pathway, alongside issues connected to social transition e.g. health care issues, mental health support, community safety concerns, transphobia, hate crimes, housing and employment issues.

Young People's Advocacy

Is for LGBTQ young people aged 16-25 and is in partnership with Allsorts Youth Project. The service supports young people to have a voice, know their rights and to speak up for what they need and want. An Advocate can help with school, college, university or training issues, housing issues, employment and career problems, mental health and identity support, ‘coming out’ and support with money, debts and benefits. 

Online Advocacy

Gives you instant access to an advocate online. You can remain anonymous when using online advocacy if that’s what you prefer. To see when our advocates are next online, see our homepage, www.mindout.org.uk

Friday 'duty' Advocacy

Offers instant access to an advocate by dropping into Community Base on a Friday between the hours of 10.00-4.00. The service is geared towards LGBTQ people who are unable to make contact in any other way and for anyone in need of urgent crisis support.

Self-advocacy

Self advocacy is organising and speaking up for yourself to help you get what you want and need, especially in relation to third parties like GPs or other professionals.

For some, an important part of working with an advocate is to develop self-advocacy skills – skills that will help you to know your rights, speak up, be heard, have a voice and assert your wants and needs. Developing these skills can happen naturally while working alongside your advocate on specific issues; others may want dedicated time with an advocate to work on improving and/or learning new self-advocacy skills and to practice how to be more assertive.

We also run self-advocacy workshops that support people to understand the value of self-advocacy and to develop assertiveness and advocacy skills. Some of our self-advocacy workshops are identity themed and we run them in response to demand and interest. These include self-advocacy for: LGBTQ people, women, men, trans and non-binary people, BAME identified people, bi people and for people under 30 or over 50. If you would like to talk to us about our workshops or be added to a waiting list for future workshops, please do get in touch.


 

“Advocacy helped and went beyond the call of duty! I know I could have asked anything and would have received good advice and support”

 

 

Watch our video to learn more about advocacy services:

 

 

All of our advocacy workers hold the National Advocacy Qualification and our service meets the Advocacy Quality Performance Standard.

 

 

You can contact an LGBTQ Advocate by:

  • email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 01273 234 839
  • Via our online service (see our homepage)
  • By calling into Community Base on Wednesday daytime, for our weekly Duty Advocacy Service.
  • By writing to us at: MindOut, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG
  • Or by downloading and returning the Advocacy enquiry form below.
  • Download it here: Advocacy Enquiry Form 2017

 

If you are a Service Provider and you would like to refer someone you are working with:

Please download and return either of the two forms below.

 

To know more about how MindOut conducts Advocacy you can read our Advocacy Service Code of Practice, Engagement Policy and Outreach Process