Brighton & Hove LGBTQ Resources

Helplines and online resources

Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard
The helpline is a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential space for LGBT people as well as for their family, friends and supporters. You can call about anything that's on your mind, to receive information or get emotional support.
www.switchboard.org.uk
London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard
This Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service throughout the UK.
Helpline - 020 7837 7324 open 24 hours 7 days
www.llgs.org.uk
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation
Helpline and email support.
www.lgf.org.uk
Broken Rainbow UK
LGBT helpline specialising in domestic violence.
www.brokenrainbow.org.uk

Other resources

Downloadable

Pocket Resource Card
A printable, concise resource to help you if at risk of suicide or worried about someone else. PDF File

General

MindOut: LGB&T mental health charity
This LGBT mental health project is run by and for LGBT people. They provide: advocacy, advice and information, casework support, peer support groups, suicide prevention, including peer support, mental health promotion and anti-stigma events, LGBT affirmative practice training. Their services are free, confidential, independent and impartial. New services include an online support service and a peer mentoring service.
www.mindout.org.uk
Brighton Bothways
Bisexual group based in Brighton.
www.brightonbothways.org.uk
Navigate Brighton
Navigate is a group for transgender men, trans masculine people, genderqueer people, non-binary people, those assigned intersex and/or female at birth that fit somewhere else on or off the spectrum or those who are questioning their gender identity.
navigatebrighton.wordpress.com
Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum
This are an independent LGBT forum working with the Community to address and improve safety issues throughout Brighton and Hove.
www.lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com

Young people

Allsorts Youth Project
Allsorts is a project based in Brighton to support and empower young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
 
Support:
  • Telephone, email and one to one support to LGBTU young people.
  • Male Matters (aged 16-25 men's group)
  • No Dress Code (aged 16-25 women's group)
  • Transformers (aged 16-25 trans group)
  • Bi Brighton (aged 16-25 bi, pan, queer group)
  • Parents Group for parents, carers of LGBTU young people
  • TAG (16's and under group)
  • Trans TAG (under 13's trans group)
  • TAGformers (aged 13-16 trans group)
www.allsortsyouth.org.uk

Older gay men

Brighton Gay Elderly Men's Society (G.E.M.S.)
G.E.M.S. meet on the last Friday of every month and send out a monthly newsletter. They also have lunch outings, trips to places of interest, theatre and cinema outings, a walking group and a swimming group.
www.brightongems.com

Students

Brighton Uni LGBT Society
LGBrighTon aims to make LGBT students move into university as smooth and as fun as possible, offering support, help, advice and the opportunity to meet like-minded people and form friendships with other LGBT students.
www.facebook.com/LGBrighTon
Sussex Uni LGBTQ Students' Union
The LGBTQ Students' Union run regular events, campaign and lobby on issues we feel are relevant to the LGBTQ community, and provide welfare support. They are here to offer a safe space environment to all LGBTQ students and staff at the University of Sussex.
www.facebook.com/sussexlgbtq
sussexlgbtq.weebly.com

H.I.V.

Lunch Positive
Friday lunch club open to anyone living with or affected by HIV in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex.
www.lunchpositive.org
Terrence Higgins Trust
THT's vision is a world where people with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination, and good sexual health is a right and reality for all.
www.tht.org.uk

Parenting

Rainbow Families
A social group for LGBT parents and their children.
www.rainbowfamilies.org.uk

Community engagement

LGBT Health and Inclusion Project
The LGBT Health and Inclusion Project (LGBT HIP) is a project to engage with lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people who live, work, study or socialise in Brighton and Hove on our healthcare and Council service needs, and other city-wide issues in order to influence future provisions.
www.lgbt-hip.org

Grassroots Suicide Prevention appoints new Chief Executive

The Trustees of Grassroots are delighted to announce the appointment of Stella Comber as our new Chief Executive.

Chair of Trustees Rah Bray said:
"We were overwhelmed by the calibre of people who applied to lead our small but highly effective suicide prevention charity during its next phase of development. This response is a tribute to the reputation that our staff, trainers and volunteers have earned in the local and wider community.
 
"After a rigorous selection process, we appointed Stella because she not only showed the necessary drive, insights and management experience from her current role at Oasis, a well-regarded charity working in the field of substance misuse. Stella also impressed the panel with her compassion and vision for Grassroots, and provided us with tangible examples of how we can increase our effectiveness and help more people through our suicide prevention training and consultancy work.
 
"We are extremely excited that Stella will be joining us on 6th February 2017."

Stella said:
"I am delighted to join Grassroots Suicide Prevention. Throughout my career I have supported vulnerable people, in a range of adult social care settings and as a leader. Suicide touches many of us; helping to prevent suicide by leading Grassroots during the next phase feels exactly the right move for me. I met trustees, strategic partners, trainers, volunteers and staff from the charity during the selection process. I was inspired by their collective commitment to the aims of Grassroots, and I look forward to working with them all over the coming months and years."

# Stay Alive

A mobile app for those at risk of suicide and people worried about someone.

Android App on Google play
Available on the App Store
 
Patient Safety Awards Winner, 2015

Responding to the launch of the Stay Alive app Emma Wadey, Director of Nursing Standards and Safety at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

"Suicide is everyone's business; it devastates so many lives no matter who you are, where you work or where you live. We want to use every method available to us to make Sussex, and beyond, a place where people thinking about suicide are supported and helped in their workplace and their community."

Thank you to all our clients and funders, including

  • Big Lottery Fund
  • NHS Brighton and Hove
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Department of Health
  • Sussex Community Foundation
  • Lloyds Bank
 
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • East Sussex County Council
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Ealing
  • Surrey County Council
  • YMCA
  • Royal Navy
  • Crime Reduction Initiatives