LGBTQ+ wellbeing

FREE Emotional & Mental Wellbeing Support For The Young LGBTQ+ Community (aged 16-25)

Being a young person who identifies as LGBTQ+, might mean that some of the things you have experienced in your life have negatively impacted on your mental health. Perhaps you may be exploring your gender identity or sexuality, and feel isolated. 

The Wild Mind Project offers a range of nature and creative activities, and a safe space to share your thoughts or feelings with other LGBTQ+ young people, who are probably experiencing the same feelings or share the same worries as you.

An ever growing body of research shows that nature can help anxiety and depression, and creative activities help you relax and allows you to express yourself without judgment. Importantly you will have the opportunity to meet a group of new supportive friends.

A typical session might include a walk in nature, conservation work or gardening. This is combined with a range of creative activities such as painting, felting, dyeing, lino-cutting, whittling or cooking on an open fire. And of course, we talk. You can share your thoughts and experiences or just listen. 

” It has been amazing to do the sessions as it is really calm and relaxing. Being in nature has allowed time to unwind and socialising with fellow LGBTQ+ people has been lovely!”

“Ever since my childhood, I have been unfortunately plagued by a numerous amount of issues regarding my mental health.  I was struggling to wake up in the morning and to even find a purpose in anything at all. Being transgender in this day, still comes with unfortunate discriminations. This negatively impacts my mental health. In January, things took a positive turn. After spending years with CAMHS and feeling so done with everything, I was given the opportunity to meet up with likeminded people in a programme run by The Wild Mind Project. At first I was worried that it wouldn’t work out well, but as I ventured into my first session, I already felt so safe and warm, something I have never felt in my entire life, as I never had friends. From this, I found the purpose I have been severely lacking in my life from almost the very start, and I finally realised how amazing it feels to be loved, and to matter to those around you, while also being able to discuss important issues about gender identity, equality and so much more beyond those lines.”

Brighton

Price: FREE of charge.

DatesSunday 12th Feb to Sunday 26th Feb 2023, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  

Location: ‘The Plot’, Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9PZ (78 bus).

London

Price: FREE of charge.

Dates: Sunday 6th Nov to Sunday 27th Nov 2022, from 11am to 1pm.

Location: Chiswick House and Gardens, Chiswick (age 16-25)

PLEASE NOTE that this is not a programme exclusively for the LGBTQ+ community – all young people in need of emotional and mental wellbeing support are welcome.

How To Book:

Please complete our Online Booking Form  to confirm your place.

Professionals – please complete our online Referral FormIf you would like to chat about the programme then please contact us by email or phone 01273 230102.

The Wild Mind Project is very grateful to Enjoolata and Hampton Fund for providing funding for the programmes. Thank you also to the Charity English Heritage for their support.

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Equality means more than passing laws. The struggle is really won in the
hearts and minds of the community, where it really counts.” Barbara Gittings