06 February 2017

Trans helpline set to launch

MindlineNational Mind has commissioned two local Minds; Bristol Mind and Taunton and west Somerset Mind, to provide a helpline for people who identify as Trans+ to talk about their feelings and experiences. Mindline Trans+ will be a safe, non-judgemental place, designed specifically for those who identify as trans, gender fluid, non-binary or exploring gender.

The line is being launched in recognition of the few services available to the Trans+ population in the south-west of England. The service starts on 10 February and will be open 8pm to midnight, Monday and Friday evenings.

Mindline Trans+ will be confidential and offer mental health and emotional support to callers but also signpost to other services, community groups and online resources. Most evenings this service will be provided by volunteers who identify as Trans+.

Both of the local Minds have over 20 years' experience in running mental health helplines. All Mindline staff and volunteers have received Trans Awareness Training from The Diversity Trust and consider themselves Trans Allies, individuals wanting to support, understand and not judge.

The line can be reached on 0300 330 5468. More information about the new service is available on the Bristol Mind website.

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