Bronntanas LGBTQI is an organisation that aims to develop and deliver a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to further the mental health and wellbeing of people living in rural Ireland who identify as LGBTQIAF (Lesbian , Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Fetish), individuals and couples questioning their heteronormative lives, and families who need support around issues of sexuality and gender identity.

We celebrate the legislative achievements of recent years. However, all is not well. Recent research (LGBTIreland Report 2016) indicates specific barriers to accessing mental health services for LGBTQI people include a lack of understanding by practitioners, and a fear that a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity would be seen as the problem. In addition, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex younger people show higher levels of self harm and attempted suicide than any other group.

Isolation and the lack of affirmative support is detrimental to a persons psychological wellbeing. Developing a range of relevant social and psychotherapeutic support fosters a positive LGBTQIAF identity, reducing the risk of mental health issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, self-harming activities and suicide.

Increasing accessibility to appropriate LGBTQIAF affirmative psychotherapeutic services across a wide rural geographic catchment is integral to Bronntanas. Bronntanas is an experiment in social change by creating safe non-judgmental therapeutic relationships for the ongoing wellbeing of LGBTQIAF people and their families living outside of city centres in Irish society.