How do LGBT+ people experience local services and what is the effect on their mental health and wellbeing?
At our next Mental Health Matters event, we'll discuss how well local services meet the needs of people who are LGBT+ and the challenges they may have getting the right help, the barriers they come up against and how those barriers can be removed.
The guest speakers will be Monty Moncrieff MBE, Chief Executive, London Friend, a charity working to promote the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, and Ben Hoff, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at the sexual health charity Spectra.
Prior to working at London Friend, Monty worked and volunteered in the LGBT and substance misuse sectors for more than 20 years, including managing a national programme of LGBT equality for the Department of Health. He has been listed in the Independ on Sunday’s Rainbow List of influential LGBT people three times. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for Services to LGBT Equality.
At Spectra Ben heads up counselling provision and a Public Health England-funded Mindfulness-Based Chemsex Recovery Programme. Previously he lectured in film, gender and queer theory before deciding to retrain as a therapist and mindfulness practitioner back in 2012. He's a self-confessed movie geek and author of Reprojecting the City: Urban Space and Dissident Sexualities in Recent Latin American Cinema (Legenda, 2017). Ben's passionate about increasing access to free counselling and psychotherapy amongst under-served communities, in particular, young people of trans experience.
This Mental Health Matters event has been organised in partnership with the C&I Rainbow+ Staff Network. Thursday 27 February Doors open 5.30pm for 6pm start, ends at 7pm St Pancras Conference Hall, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE.