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Mental Health and Wellbeing

We offer a variety of services to designed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, from couselling, to workshops, to informal one-to-one support. We all have a mental health, and you do not need to have a diagnosis of mental ill health to access any part of the programme. One of the reasons the programme exists is that the social hostility, stigma and discrimination sometimes faced by LGBT people can have a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing.

All our services are free (though we welcome donations) and confidential. You can also call LGBT Helpline Scotland for information and support on 0300 123 2523 Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12pm-9pm


LGBT Headspace

LGBT Headspace is a programme of courses, workshops, groups and events. It aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, including those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The programme is also open to friends, families and workers of LGBT people.

LGBT Headspace looks both at ways of living with diagnoses such as depression or personality disorders, and at promoting mental wellbeing, such as through relaxation techniques or life skills courses offering ways of combating low mood. The programme also offers an opportunity to meet other people with similar experiences or feelings.

Latest LGBT Headspace programme
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For further info, you can get in touch with Alison, our Mental Health Development worker on alison@lgbthealth.org.uk, 0131 652 3283 or 0131 523 1100.


Informal one-to-one support

We can offer informal one-to-one support with Alison, our Mental Health Development Worker. This may be a one-off appointment or more regular sessions, where you work together on issues you identify as important and talk through some options for activities and support.

Some people have also had negative experiences when disclosing their gender identity or sexual orientation to mental health services. We can support you in making sure your views and wishes are heard by those in your care such as a GP, CPN or psychiatrist.

Contact us to discuss your situation or make an appointment. For further info Alison, our Mental Health Development worker is available on alison@lgbthealth.org.uk, 0131 652 3283 or 0131 523 1100.


Therapeutic Environment: Counselling & Workshops

We offer various ways for you to explore your thoughts and feelings therapeutically in a safe environment, including one-to-one counselling and therapy groups and workshops. All facilitators are fully trained and experienced psychotherapists/counsellors.

Anyone from from the LGBT community can self-refer for an initial eight sessions of free counselling. There are daytime and evening sessions available.

Latest therapy groups and workshops programme
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For more information or to request counselling, you can get in touch with Fiona at fiona@lgbthealth.org.uk or call her on 0131 652 3285.


LGBT Mental Health Demonstration Project

The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing launched its groundbreaking Mental Health Demonstration Project in July 2010. The project has two objectives; the first to establish and deliver an effective LGBT Mental Health Service for Lothian and the second to start building an evidence base around how we can reduce this harm inequality across Scotland in the longer term.

Click here to read the impact report from from July 2010-November 2013.

Click here to read the Equal Access Report November 2012.

Click here to read the impact report on our 'Speak Out' creative writing project. You can read the anthology of writing which was created as part of the project online here.