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
“My advocate helped me – over and above. I was listened to and heard and what I was going through was not invalidated”
“Advocacy helped and went beyond the call of duty! I know I could have asked anything and would have received good advice and support”
Our advocacy services includes:
• 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.
• Wednesday ‘duty’ advocacy:
offers instant access to an advocate by dropping into Community Base on a Wednesday 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.
“My advocate provided me with a vital service when I was unwell and when I was unable to go through things on my own”
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
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.
Download a referral form here: Advocacy Referral Form
If you need a Non-Instructed Advocacy Referral Form, you can download it here:
Non-Instructed Advocacy Referral Form: Non-instructed referral form
Please also see our Advocacy Information for Professionals