LGBTQ+ self help resources

Many of our patients identify as LGBTQ+. Middlewood strives to be an inclusive organisation and make it as easy as possible for all our patients to access care without fear of prejudice and judgment.

We want all our patients to feel supported within the practice. The resources below hopefully highlight some of the wider support available, both locally and nationally.

 

 

 

Local resources

MaccPride

MaccPride™ is a community group coordinated by diverse people for LGBTQ+, their family and allies for people living in the Macclesfield and surrounding area.

They are volunteers who work alongside friends, family and allies who also wish to achieve equality for all. They are committed to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ sector through inspirational and fun events.

MaccPride – Live Well Cheshire East

Utopia LGBTQ+ Youth Group – Macclesfield

A youth club for lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGBTQ+) young people for people aged 15-19.

Find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaccHub.YSS

 

Silver Rainbows

Silver Rainbows is a social network for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Cheshire.

It is supported by Body Positive and they want to include as many people as possible.

They develop social activities as well as an online social network and need your help to make it a success.

Visit their website www.silverrainbows.com for up to date details of events and activities that you can get involved in.

 

Technicolour

Technicolour provide one-to-one support, psycho- therapeutic counselling, social and support groups and sexual health services for LGBT+ people.

Gay and bi men’s groups meets Crewe, 7pm to 9pm, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Lesbian and bi women’s group meets Crewe, 7pm to 9pm, 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Trans group meets Crewe, 7pm to 9pm, Second Tuesday of the month.

Service is self-referral.

Visit their website for more information www.bpcnw.co.uk/technicolour/

Live Well East Cheshire

Live Well Cheshire East has some information on local groups and sources of support.

https://livewellservices.cheshireeast.gov.uk/

 

National LGBTQ+ resources

NHS UK

Mental health problems such as depression or self-harm can affect any of us, but they’re more common among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT).

This may be linked to LGBT people’s experience of discrimination, homophobia or transphobia, bullying, social isolation, or rejection because of their sexuality.

Other things, such as their age, religion, where they live, and their ethnicity can add extra complications to an already difficult situation.

The NHS UK website has information and links to organisations that may be able to help you.

www.nhs.uk/mental-health/advice-for-life-situations-and-events/mental-health-support-if-you-are-gay-lesbian-bisexual-lgbtq/

 

 

LGBT Foundation

A national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Find out more at www.lgbt.foundation

Switchboard LGBT

Switchboard provides a one-stop listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging.

Find out more at : www.switchboard.lgbt

FFLAG

FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans sons and daughters.

FFLAG: www.fflag.org.uk

Mermaids – Support for Teenagers and Children with Gender Identity Issues

Mermaids is a national support service for trans and gender variant children and young people, and their families. Their goal is to relieve the mental and emotional stress of all young people aged 19 years and under whose gender identity causes distress, to support their families and to advance public awareness.

Mermaid offers information, shared experiences and support for individual young people whether they are out or not. They will try, where possible, to help their families understand and accept their young person’s gender identity.

Mermaid offers their support via telephone, email and web chat or equally it may be helpful to talk to others who are going through the same problems via their online forums.

Find out more at

www.mermaidsuk.org.uk

Mindout

A mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people with  experience of mental health issues.

They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.

Find out more at

www.mindout.org.uk

Age UK

Age UK, the charity for older people, provides information for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people about planning for later life.

Find out more at www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/relationships-family/lgbt/health-care/LGBT health and care | Age UK