What is Rainbow Mind?

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

We work with LGBTQ+ people who need mental health support across London and Greater Manchester, to find out more about our services please get in touch with us via the button below.

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

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We have chosen to focus on LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ individuals.

 

Interested in taking part in one of our courses?

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 rainbowmind@mindchwf.org.uk (London).

You can also find out more about our upcoming events and workshops for both London and Greater Manchester via the links below.

What are Rainbow Mind's Aims?

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

✓ To reduce social isolation for LGBTQ+ people by providing opportunities for individuals to socialise with other LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQ+.

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