Feel free to contact the welfare officer, Felix, if you want to talk about things such as coming out, mental health problems, questioning your gender/orientation, or if you simply want to know the best student bars around!
You can ask them anything or even arrange a meeting with them if you are more comfortable talking in person. They will also be happy to meet up with you at any IQ events & introduce to you some people you can talk to if you are feeling shy & nervous about coming.
If you have any trans specific concerns such as coming out and transition, your gender diversity officers, Jeh & Millie, will be more than willing to help you. You may also get in touch with your sexuality variance officer, Giacomo, if you have any concerns related to non-binary sexuality.
Union LGBT+ Officer
This year, Imperial’s LGBT+ Officer is Alessio Incitti. He is also good first port of call for anything LGBT+ related.
Imperial College Counselling Service
The Student Counselling Service offers short-term counselling to registered students of Imperial College London. It is free and confidential. Counsellors are available at the South Kensington, Hammersmith and Silwood Park Campuses.
Your friends may be helpful, but sometimes you just want to seek help anonymously. This section lists places and organisations off campus that are there to help you out in general.
Formerly the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS), Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.
AVEN is the world’s largest online asexual community. It provides a safe space and serves as an informal resource for people who are asexual or questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers and the press.
The LGBT Foundation provide a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
A charitable organisation providing mental health support with free mental health drop in sessions, group sessions and counselling. Has a focus on providing support for LGBT youth.
A support network for trans youth in the UK which has a monthly youth meeting for trans, non-binary, gender variant and gender questioning young people aged between 16 and 25.
GenderKit is a trans resource that covers the basics of transition in a clear and concise format. It was created recently in the UK and is endorsed by doctors working at the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic.
This document is a guide to gender neutral (including DDA) bathrooms at Imperial. IQ is currently working on getting more neutral bathrooms in buildings lacking these facilities.
If you or someone you know are coping with emotional/mental distress, self-harming, or having suicidal thoughts, seek professional help immediately! Visit the nearest A&E department immediately!! The following helplines will be of great help as well.
Samaritans (116 123)
Samaritans operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year. It provides a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential.
Nightline is a confidential listening support and information service for students in London. Open between 6pm-8am during term time, Nightline is accessible throughout the night. Furthermore, Nightline volunteers are all current students themselves, which means that callers will be speaking to someone who understands the stresses and pressures of university life.
PAPYRUS (0800 068 41 41)
Papyrus is a voluntary organisation supporting teenagers and young adults who are feeling suicidal.
Men are more likely to ignore problems and many are reluctant to talk about their feelings or seek help when they need it. CALM is an excellent resource for young men who are feeling unhappy & suicidal.
If you are thinking about having sex, or have had it in the past, the most important thing to remember is that you have got to look after yourself, have safe sex and get yourself checked.
Dean Street Express - 34 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 4PR
John Hunter Clinic - Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, SW10 9NH
West London Centre for Sexual Health - 10 Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 7AL
These are just some of the many clinics available across London and facilities such as PEP are available at some A&E Departments. You should also get vaccinated against Hepatitis B, which is free from these clinics. This is especially important if you have anal sex.
You may feel embarrassed at first, but remember that the staff will not judge you! They’re more concerned with your health and well-being. Note that sexual health clinics keep everything you tell confidential, even if you are under 16! Your GP will not be able to access any information as these clinics have their own health record system.
If somebody sexually assaults you and makes you feel unhappy, it is important to seek professional help. Always call 999 for the police if you think you are in danger. Otherwise, check the following helplines below. Alternatively, you can find out more at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/student-space/bounce-back/sexual-assault.
The THT is the largest HIV and sexual health charity in the UK. Don’t ignore them just because you think HIV has nothing to do with you - their website has some great info on sexual health.
The Havens can provide confidential medical and emotional support services if you have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months. The nearest branch for most of you is located in Paddington, near St. Mary’s Hospital.
Rape Crisis offers advice, support, and counselling especially to women who are sexual violence survivors.
This charity offers advice, counselling, and therapy appointments to men who have been sexually abused, and the family or carers of men who have been sexually abused.