Supporting LGBTQ+ Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) is facilitating a series of projects about mental health and wellbeing in the LGBTQ+ community. These projects are taking place across the South West of England, primarily in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. We are grateful for the support of our friends at Off the Record, and the LGBTQ+ Voice & Influence Partnership, for their support in this ongoing work.
The LBGTQ+ Wellbeing Fund
The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ Mental Health Lived Experience Steering Group, supported by the LGBTQ+ Voice & Influence Partnership, will be launching a micro-grants scheme in the new year. The aim of the scheme is to shine a light on mental wellbeing in the local LGBTQ+ community.
Anyone from either the Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire area who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community will be able to apply for a grant. Organisations can also apply. Organisations do not need to be legally constituted but will require a governing document.
To apply, you should have an idea in mind about a project, event, or activity that will raise awareness or shine a light on mental wellbeing in the community.
Your project, event, or activity will result in people being more informed and aware of what good mental wellbeing or mental health looks like for people who identify as LGBTQ+.
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The LGBTQ+ Mental Health Lived Experience Steering Group
This group has come together to address the gaps and issues in local mental health services when it comes to the mental health and wellbeing needs of the community. The group is working with local healthcare providers, authorities, and mental health service providers to bring about positive change in the way that the mental health of LGBTQ+ people is recognised and treated.
Note: when filling out the form, be sure to tick the box next to ‘Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire – LGBTQ+ Lived Experience Steering Group’ in the third section.
Following a number of planning sessions, the steering group met for the first time on Friday 25 September. The meeting was attended by local health commissioners, who were asked a number of questions about the lack of specific mental health support for the community within funding proposals for wider mental health support in our area. Read more here.