Bristol Pride; a day for unity, visibility and equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s how we celebrated at Bristol Mind.
Saturday 8th July was Bristol Pride, and we were proud to be part of the many who marched the streets of Bristol to show our support for the LGBTQ+ community.
We started the day at Avon Fire Rescue Pride breakfast, showcasing our services and joining in on the celebrations. We even got a chance to speak on BBC Radio Bristol – you can see us photographed in this BBC article.
We then headed to the parade with the Avon Fire Rescue team who supplied the tunes for the entire march.
At Bristol Mind, we’re with LGBTQ+ people now and always. Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But studies show those of us who identify as LGBTQIA+ are more likely to develop depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem.
It’s important to remember that being LGBTQ+ does not cause these problems; rather, it’s the stigma and discrimination that can contribute to them.
If you identify as LGBTQ+, live in Bristol, and need support for your mental wellbeing, please reach out to us:
• Click here for our Meeting Minds LGBTQ+ counselling
• Click here for our Hate Crime Services – we support victims who are targets of hate crimes and help them with their mental health
• Or, if you just want someone to speak to, call our Mindline helpline 0117 203 4419. We are open every week Wednesday to Sunday from 7pm to 11pm