Identity and Resilience Group 



It is well documented that people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender often have higher levels of mental health difficulties than their heterosexual and cis-gender counterparts. This has been associated with experiences of homophobic or transphobic discrimination, inequality and bullying. Growing up in shame, feeling different, emotionally isolated and afraid can have a serious detrimental impact on an individual’s sense of self. Also how they see themselves in relation to other people, the world and their future. The effects of these experiences, as well as other factors such as age, ethnicity, religion and location, can reverberate over a lifetime.



We would like to offer a space for patients of Practitioner Health who recognize themselves as having some of these issues to connect with and support each other. To share their experiences and coping strategies with one another.

The Identity and Resilience group will be a confidential group facilitated by PH therapists Sheila Jones and Simon Lyne, which is now online for the time being and is from 17:00-18:30 on the first and third Mondays of the month 

 We are aware that Friday mornings have been difficult for many people to commit to, and that this means less of you are able to come regularly, so from March we will trial the group at 5pm on the first and third Mondays of the month. The last Friday morning group will meet at 9am on the 21st of February.

The group will take place at the Riverside Medical Centre in Vauxhall.

If you would like to attend, please email Simon at or Sheila at​​ 


NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme

Practitioner Health is part of the NHS Rainbow badge initiative, signifying its inclusive and non-judgemental nature. This initiative was started within the NHS to promote the message of respect and equality for all patients and staff within the healthcare environment. Many of the staff within the service can be seen wearing the rainbow badges to show their support of the LGBT+ community and by wearing the badge, display their awareness of potential issues faced by people with regards to gender and sexuality.