What is Rainbow Mind?

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Rainbow Mind is a new service aiming to tackle mental health issues for individuals within the LGBTQI+ community. Rainbow Mind is a collaborative project between Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest (Mind CHWF) and Mind in Salford, working across London and Greater Manchester.

Rainbow Mind is mainly led, staffed and directed by LGBTQI+ people. Our Steering Group is also made up of key members of the LGBTQI+ communities who set the strategic direction for the project.

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We have chosen to focus on LGBTQI+ mental health needs, as existing evidence suggests that health outcomes are generally worse within this community than the rest of the population, and people who identify as LGBTQI+ in the UK report a lower quality of life than the general population as a result.

As part of the project, we recently conducted a randomised controlled trial (RCT) on our newly developed training that has been put together by our experienced practitioners, called Radical Self-Care (RadSec). The training teaches aims to help build resilience, teaching self-care and mindfulness skills to deal with some of the unique mental health needs and experiences of LGBTQI+ individuals.

The findings from this trial were extremely encouraging, showing that upon completing the course, participants had clinically significant improvements in general wellbeing and reductions in anxiety and depressive mood symptoms, as well as significant increases in self-compassion and mindfulness skills. Further, the results also showed significant reductions in experiences of shame and self-critical perfectionism – two issues that disproportionately affect LGBTQI+ individuals.

We are launching our next round of courses shortly, which will be offered in a digital format. To register your interest for these courses, please email northernhub@rainbowmind.org (Greater Manchester) or southernhub@rainbowmind.org (London).

What are Rainbow Mind's Aims?

✓ To offer inclusive, sensitive and non-judgmental support, providing a safe space for LGBTQI+ individuals to be their authentic selves free from judgement or discrimination.

✓ To reduce social isolation for LGBTQI+ people by providing weekly meet-ups so individuals can socialise with other LGBTQI+ people and have access to facilitated, peer and user-led community support.

✓ To challenge assumptions, fears and prejudices about people who experience mental health problems and about the lives of people who identify as LGBTQI+.

To find out more about our project and to get involved, please email northernhub@rainbowmind.org (Greater Manchester), or southernhub@rainbowmind.org (London).