Meet­ings to in­form and of­fer support

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

AT THE Mind LGBT support group, we have started plan­ning our pro­gramme for 2015.

We agreed to meet at 1pm on the first and third Satur­day of each month. The meet­ing on the first Satur­day will in­clude a lunch, and the other meet­ing will in­clude a speaker or in­for­ma­tion and a dis­cus­sion on a top­i­cal mat­ter of in­ter­est.

The dates for 2015 are: Jan­uary 3 and 7; Fe­bru­ary 7 and 21 (LGBT His­tory Month event); March 7 and 21; April 4 (bank hol­i­day week­end so­cial event) and 18; May 2 (bank hol­i­day week­end so­cial event) and 16 (Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week event); June 6 and 20.

We plan to in­vite speak­ers from LGBT po­lice li­ai­son, na­tional Mind’s di­ver­sity team, Hilling­don Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group, Health­watch Hilling­don, Cen­tral and North West London NHS Trust, Hilling­don Aids Re­sponse Trust and Hilling­don Ac­tion Group for Ad­dic­tion Man­age­ment.

We also plan to ad­dress a range of health and well­be­ing and com­mu­nity safety is­sues.

The group is for LGBT peo­ple with lived ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal health is­sues, but this is in­ter­preted much more broadly than a di­ag­nos­able ill­ness; we are very much fo­cused on main­tain­ing men­tal health and emo­tional well­be­ing, ad­dress­ing so­cial iso­la­tion and pre­ven­ta­tive work.

Our fi­nal meet­ing of this year will in­clude a Christ­mas buf­fet on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 20.

Please bring this in­for­ma­tion to the at­ten­tion of any­one to whom it may be of in­ter­est. Peo­ple ex­press­ing an in­ter­est in join­ing the group at any time should con­tact lukasz@hilling­don­mind.org.uk or christo­pher@hilling­don­mind.org.uk CHRISTO­PHER GEAKE

Hilling­don Mind Ad­dress sup­plied

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