To host safe spaces for the LGBTIQ+ community to engage and receive support. Linking the community to professional mental health providers. Create awareness about the existence of mental health conditions to the community.
Queerwell is a South African based and focused Non Profit Company (NPC), registered (2019/561395/08) in terms of Section 14 of the Companies Act, 2008, that aims to provide access to mental health services to the Youth Queer community with special focus on those in townships and rural areas. To achieve this, the organisation raises donor funding locally and internationally to be able to engage LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Questioning and Queer) communities who need these services and also contract professional gender sensitive mental health service providers.
LGBTIQ+ people can be at a higher risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the wider population. More commonly: depression, anxiety, alcohol abuse and suicidal feelings. The reasons for this although not fully understood but will usually be linked to discrimination, bullying, homophobia, transphobia or biphobia.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24. LGBTIQ+ youth have been shown to contemplate suicide at least 3 times the rate of heterosexual youth. Access to mental health service for this community is a big challenge in South Africa. Lack of finances, discrimination, prejudice, denial or civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with LGBTIQ+ identities.
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Queerwell – Safe space where Queer people can get full support and ensure their state of health is natured.
Helping those who need help
So proud to be witness to an organisation such as Queerwell coming to life, we are often the most misunderstood and misdiagnosed individuals and having an organisation dedicated to helping those who need help the most is giving me hope for the future.
The LGBTIQ+ community needs your support
Mental health problems play a major role amongst the LGBTIQ+ community. I believe that by reaching out and sharing our experiences together we can end the stigma of rejection from friends, loved ones and the community.
Piece of the puzzle we’ve been looking for
In a community as diverse as ours, it’s vital to have platforms that allow us to address issues relating to our mental state of mind. Queerwell could not have come at a better time. It’s the piece of the puzzle we’ve been looking for.
Get your power back
Mental illness is not a personal failure and Queerwell is there to help get your power back, invest in your mental health.
Make a Donation
Help support our efforts to improve the quality of life of the LGBTIQ+ community.
We rely on concerned citizens like you to help support our mission to provide services to those in need and promote an environment of mental wellness for the LGBTIQ+ community.
It’s not just a donation.