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Rainbow Mind – LGBTQ+ Project

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

At a time when LGBTQ+ issues have never been more in the spotlight, and with a disparity between the number of LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing mental ill health and the rest of the population (the average is 1 in 4 people in any given year, but in the LGBTQ+ community can reach levels as high as 70%), Rainbow Mind hopes to address this growing need for support in key areas of the UK.

We offer a number of services through our project:

Radical Self-Care courses

These are group sessions led by our experienced LGBTQ+ practitioners, aimed at teaching mindfulness and self-care skills that are specific to the LGBTQ+ experience. These courses run for 8 weeks and offer a supportive peer environment. Learn more

1 to 1 LGBTQ+ focused counselling

These sessions are with our LGBTQ+ therapists, with 8 free sessions being offered to discuss common mental health issues such as anxiety, low mood, questioning sexual orientation and/or gender identity, relationships, and the LGBTQ+ experience in wider society. Learn more

UK-Wide Online Support Groups

We offer two online LGBTQ+ support groups:

Get in touch to learn more

If you would like to learn more about our services, you can also email our Rainbow Mind team via Visit the Rainbow Mind website

Manchester LGBTQ+ Resources

There are lots of LGBTQ+ organisations that are based within Greater Manchester, as well as a lot of activities and resources.

Coming Out Stories

Below is a selection of LGBTQI+ organisations based in the local area:

LGBT Foundation

42nd Street – Inside Out

Older and Bolder



African Rainbow Family

Contact Info

Mind in Salford
The Angel Centre
1 St. Philips Place
M3 6FA

0161 710 1070 | Registered Charity No. 1156625

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