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LGBTQI Collective

LGBTQI Collective

An inclusive place for LGBTQI community to come together and bring diversity of thought, perspective, understanding and experience.

Starts 30th May, 2023

8 sessions | Conducted every Tuesday 8 PM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by a therapist

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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About the Group

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex (LGBTQI*) community represents a diverse range of identities and expressions of gender and sexual orientation. This intersectionality — the combined and overlapping aspects of a persons’s identity — brings diversity of thought, perspective, understanding and experience. While belonging to the LGBTQI community can be a source of strength, it also brings unique challenges. For those who identify as LGBTQI, this group is a space to recognize how your experience of sexual orientation and gender identity relates to your mental health.

Why this group?

For many LGBTQI people, socioeconomic and cultural conditions negatively impact mental health. Many in the LGBTQI community face discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection, which can lead to poor mental health and feeling isolated and disconnected. This is a safe and inclusive space to connect with others who get you.

What will we talk about?

• The normal ups and downs of everyday life
• Major life transitions such as coming out
• Relationships and communication
• Family dynamics and conflict
• Our careers, mission and purpose
• Self-esteem and body image
• What it's like being a queer in these times
• Loneliness and connection
• And much more

  • My therapist recommended group therapy and I had been lookout for a group that was a fit. So glad I found SoulUp and signed up. This group has helped me more than therapy for some things.

    Saba

    28, Trans

  • The group experience was wholesome. For the first time I met people and related so hard.

    Ameya

    31, Gay

  • Thank you everyone for creating such a supportive community here. I’m so freaking grateful!

    Diksha

    28, Lesbian

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FAQs

What are soulUp groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am i going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has soulup been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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