What are support groups?
A trans-inclusive or trans-focused group that meets on a regular basis to discuss issues relating to gender identity, to share problems, resources and solutions, and to offer support to one another.
What do support groups do?
How can support groups help me?
Support groups can:
- provide a safe place to discuss your experiences
- give you a chance to meet other trans people
- be a useful source of practical information
How do I find support groups near me?
The following might run support groups or be able to give you a list of local ones:
- NHS gender services
- local LGBTQIA+ organisations
- trans support services
- university LGBTQIA+ societies or networks
- other local trans people
- your GP
You can also search for groups near you on these sites:
- TranzWiki (information is infrequently updated and may be out of date)
- The Trans Dimension (London only)
Some support groups run online:
- Beyond Reflections Online Trans, Non-binary and Questioning Group (England and Wales only)
- Bloom run by LGBT Hero (UK-wide)
- Waiting List Warriors run by Gendered Intelligence for people on a waiting list for a NHS gender service
The following groups specifically focus on mental health:
- Peer support groups run by MindOut (Brighton and Hove only)
- “Imago” run by ELOP (London/Greater London only)
What should I be aware of?
Support groups vary in their format, focus and size, although most groups will give you the opportunity to discuss your experiences and to listen to others.
Before attending a support group it is a good idea to contact the person leading it to find out more. Here are some questions to consider:
- Is it a trans-focused group or an LGBTQIA+ group?
- How many people usually attend?
- Will you be expected to speak, or can you just listen?
- What issues will the support group cover?
- What do the meetings involve?
- Do you need someone to go with you as support?
Are there other options?
Other sources of support you could consider are:
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