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A randomised controlled trial of an 8-week mindfulness and compassion based self-care intervention tailored for the LGBTQIA+ community. Rainbow Mind: Examining the effectiveness and mechanisms of chan


Background and study aims Evidence suggests that mental health outcomes are generally worse for LGBTQIA+ people than the rest of the population. They experience higher rates of mental illness, suicide, self- harm, eating disorders and substance misuse, which may arise from events like family rejection and sexual abuse. LGBTQIA+ people have been found to be more likely to face mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. People who identify as LGBTQIA+ in the UK also report a lower quality of life than the general population. Promising approaches to helping LGBTQIA+ individuals struggling with mixed mental health conditions are mindfulness, mindful self-compassion (MSC) and compassion-focused therapy (CFT). This study has drawn on some essential content from these methodologies into one accessible intervention that supports wellbeing and self-acceptance for LGBTQIA+ populations. The primary research question of this study is to determine whether a tailored group-based intervention, grounded in existing mindfulness, MSC and CFT approaches, can improve wellbeing and mental health outcomes of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Who can participate? Self-identified LGBTQIA+ individuals aged 18 years or older. What does the study involve? Participants will be randomly assigned to receive the intervention or not. The intervention is a 8-week course of group sessions. What are the possible benefits and risks of participating? The 8-week Radical Self-care course is not group therapy but a low-intensity training programme. The possible benefits include improvement in mental health and well-being of the study participants (members of the LGBTQIA+ community), specifically issues centred around shame, anxiety and depression. The potential risks resulting from the training sessions are deemed minimal. Participants are not being asked nor encouraged to disclose emotional, psychological, health, or education-related issues during the course. However, given the introspective nature of the course, some participants may experience psychological discomfort. Some amount of psychological discomfort is anticipated and built into the structure of the course: Skills geared toward dealing with anticipated psychological discomfort include dealing with “backdraft” (emotional, mental, or physical uneasiness that arises from engaging with the self-compassion practice) and “disillusionment” (when participants feel they are “failing” at self-compassion and how to move past that hurdle). Course skills are graded and scaled up as participants gain confidence and competency with their practice. It is possible that some participants might move beyond this anticipated psychological discomfort to experiencing emotional distress during the course. This could occur if their mental health status or support systems change during the progression of the course. All course practitioners are trained to recognise signs and signals that a participant may be suffering emotional harm, and would refer these participants to receive appropriate support. Where is the study run from? 1. City, University of London, UK 2. Mind in the City, Hackney, and Waltham Forrest, UK 3. Mind in Salford, UK 4. LGBT Foundation, UK When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for? From June 2019 to March 2020 Who is funding the study? Government Equalities Office, UK Who is the main contact? 1. Lucie Zernerova (Scientific), 2. Dr Paul Flaxman (Scientific), 3. Dr Andreas Kappes (Scientific), 4. Stephanie Cerce (Scientific), 5. Markus Greenwood (Public), 6. Miia Chambers (Public), Background and study aims Evidence suggests that mental health outcomes are generally worse for LGBTQIA+ people than the rest of the population. They experience higher rates of mental illness, suicide

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