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Support groups

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?

  • Mood

    Reduced distress

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:

You can also search for groups near you on these sites:

Some support groups run online:

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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