LGBTQ+ support information

Thank you for following along with this virtual Student Curation. As we come to a close, I would like to take the time to highlight some of the support services, websites, and helplines available if you need some support.

  • Surrey LGBT Society – check out their social media pages to find out how to get involved and feel free to send them a message if you don’t know where to start.
  • The Mix – Offering essential information and advice for under 25’s, with topics ranging from mental health, self-esteem, identity and staying safe. There is also a helpline and 1-2-1 chat option if you would like to speak to someone.
  • Outline – a Surrey based helpline for people struggling with their sexual or gender identity. Their phonelines are open from 7:30-10:30pm every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. If you call outside of these times, leave a message and they will call you back. You are also able to contact them via email.
  • Switchboard – LGBTQ+ helpline where LGBTQ+ volunteers answering the calls to discuss any concerns you may have. The phone lines are open daily from 10am to 10pm.
  • Kooth – Offering free and confidential counselling for young people. There are various articles with tips and shared experiences, discussion boards and the opportunity to chat with the Kooth team.
  • The Albert Kennedy Trust – Offers support for LGBTQ+ people aged 16-25 who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless or living in a home where they are not accepted.
  • Blossom LGBT+ – Working with people aged 18 to 25 to help build supportive relationships and offer life skills classes.
  • Mermaids – Support for Transgender people and their guardians
  • Mindout– a mental health service ran by and for LGBTQ+ people.
  • Stonewall – A not-for-profit that fights for equality for all LGBTQ+ people. They are also a dependable source of information, education and support.

Please don’t suffer in silence. There is always support whenever you need it.

~ Temi.