MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Based in Brighton and Hove, it provides local services including advice, information, advocacy, a peer support group programme, wellbeing activities and events, as well as a number of national initiatives.
Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support and empower young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, challenging prejudice and discrimination.
Our collaboration with MindOut and Allsorts enables us to use a participatory-action research approach across a number of projects. Current projects include:
- the Queer Futures 2 project investigating LGBTQ youth and mental health support, where we are working closely with Allsorts and
- a PhD project on gay men and help-seeking, collaborating with MindOut.
Previous collaborations with these partners have yielded research on LGBTQ youth and access to Higher Education, and a project on the experiences of suicidal distress and survival with mental health service users and young people who identify as LGBT. The findings of this study were key to determining better provision and our researchers were able to make recommendations for future applied research practice.