Proud of Pride

MindOut is so proud to be part of the fantastic LGBTQ communities of Brighton and Hove, and so proud of Pride.  Pride raises funds which now, via the Rainbow Fund, go directly to support local need and to provide much needed services.  We have a community that is raising money for itself, looking after itself, improving its own health and wellbeing.

 

Pride is not just for a day, it’s for the whole year round.

This year, the money raised by Pride has gone to running our weekly suicide prevention peer support group, Out of the Blue.

 

As one member said:

“I’ve struggled to stay alive all of my adult life, my suicidal thoughts are constant… I have been continually misunderstood by mental health professionals because of my non-conforming gender identity.  MindOut services are the only support I have ever had.  I would be dead today without MindOut”

 

Keeping people safe

Far too many people in our communities are struggling with suicidal thoughts and distress.  MindOut helps people to talk about suicide, to seek support and help, to stay safe and above all not to feel alone.  Pride helps us do that  – all day every day.

MindOut For each Other bus in Brighton LGBT Pride

Peer support increases resilience

This year group members reported consistent improvements in their wellbeing, the most significant have been: reduced suicidal distress, better sleep and reduced self injury.

 

Thank you Pride

At this time of Pride celebrations it’s important to look at the impact of Pride beyond the weekend, itself, beyond the partying.  Behind the glitter, Pride provides real and lasting change, changes to people’s health and wellbeing, priceless change.

 

This is an extended and heartfelt thank you letter to Pride, to everyone who buys a ticket and contributes £1.00 to the Rainbow Fund, to everyone on the parade and watching the parade, to everyone who comes to Brighton specially, to everyone who takes part.  You are all contributing.

volunteers and staff beside the MindOut bus before it sets off for the parade

Giving makes you proud

Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we all support community work through our charities, community groups, social enterprises and not-for-profits.  Pride and the Rainbow Fund show us the way, they make it possible for us all to contribute to looking after each other, they make it possible for us to address the inequalities in our communities, they give us a way to give something back.

 

So this year at Pride please dig deep. Any money you donate to MindOut will go directly to providing our much needed services.

 

  • £15 will give someone in suicidal distress an hour of life saving crisis support
  • £25 will provide out of hours online support to 5 people.
  • £60 will give someone 4 hours of advocacy support enabling them to get out of hardship by maximising their income.

 

Could you help MindOut with a monthly donation via direct debit?

As little as £3 per month will make a big difference to vulnerable LGBTQ people. If you are a UK tax payer we can claim Gift Aid on your donation, an extra 25%.

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