Watch! New video about wellbeing support at The LGF
Publish Date: 09/04/2013
We’re recently made a video all about wellbeing support at The LGF and some of the common issues we support people with.
We know that LGB&T people are more likely to experience poor mental health, but may be less likely to access services. The purpose of the video is to let you know that we’re here if you need us, no matter how big or small the problem or issue. There’s so shame is asking for help and you’re certainly not alone with how you’ve been feeling.
To tell us more about the LGBT Wellbeing Clinic, we spoke to Lucy Rolfe, Wellbeing Manager about its background and how it can help.
So why was the LGBT Wellbeing Clinic set up?
"We know that identifying as LGB&T can mean you’re more likely to experience mental health problems because things like homophobia, but are less likely to access support, so our aim was to create a safe and non-judgemental space to encourage people to come and see us, if they didn’t feel comfortable accessing a mainstream NHS service."
Who delivers the service?
"The Wellbeing Clinic is held at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s Community Resource Centre in central Manchester. We have a non-clinical, comfortable Wellbeing Suite where sessions take place and many people find that coming to an LGBT-specific space, mean those common fears about being judged or having to come out, are put at ease, so you can focus more on getting the support you need."
"When you access the Wellbeing Clinic, you’ll be seen by a member of the local NHS Primary Care Mental Health Team who has a wealth of experience in supporting LGB&T people from all walks of life. One of the great things about the clinic is that people who might not have accessed an NHS service before, perhaps because of concerns around being ‘outed’ or judged, don’t have to miss out on that valuable support."
What kind of things can the Wellbeing Clinic help with?
"What we offer in the Wellbeing Clinic, is quite different to something like counselling, but we still aim to help you feel as comfortable as possible. The Wellbeing Clinic is designed to support you to cope with feelings such as anxiety, stress, low mood, low self esteem and panic. We can take you through some guided self help materials, where we’ll work together to look at how your thoughts, feelings and emotions are linked. The service can help you to develop more helpful coping techniques and build emotional resilience as well as confidence and self esteem."
How do I apply and what happens next?
"Sessions are offered by appointment only, so we ask that you fill out an application form first. Once we’ve received your competed form, we’ll get in touch to arrange for you to come in for an initial chat, which gives you an opportunity to ask questions and for us to find out a bit more about how you’ve been feeling and make sure the service is suitable. If it is, you’ll be offered between 6 – 8 one-to-one sessions here at the LGF either weekly or fortnightly."
"At the moment, we’re only able to offer this service to people aged 16 and over who are registered with a Manchester GP. If you live outside Manchester, see our website to find out about support in your area."
For more information and to request an application form, contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org