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Queers Without Beers – Lockdown and Mental Health with Helsa

July 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

This month we are teaming up with Helsa an online platform that helps LGBTQ+ people improve their mental health.


As we find ourselves slowly ‘unlocking’ from lockdown into a new socially distanced reality, we thought it would be a good time to touch on our mental health and give you an opportunity to ask questions of some qualified therapists to help going forward. 


Pop along to the social, listen to some top tips for coping during stressful times and ask for advice from our panel of experts. Here is a little bit more about the panel and Helsa. 

Introducing Helsa

Helsa is an online platform that helps LGBTQ+ people improve their mental health by:

  • Helping LGBTQ+ people understand their own mental health better, through online wellbeing tests and LGBTQ+ specific mental health content
  • Match LGBTQ+ people with LGBTQ+ specialised therapists that are right for their unique needs and requirements through a matching algorithm.
    Browse our therapist directory and connect directly with one of our 50+ partner therapists online and offline (post the pandemic, of course), all of which are vetted, accredited and specialised in LGBTQ+ mental health (most identify as LGBTQ+ themselves).
  • The platform is completely free to use and setting up a user account only takes a couple of minutes.
    Please visit https://www.helsahelps.com, and our intro video can be viewed here.

George Bowlay-Williams

I am a relational counselling therapist, using person-centred and gestalt approaches to help people understand that the patterns that emerge in their relationships are the key to who they are and how they feel.

I have been in professional practice for nine years, mostly working as an addiction counsellor. During that time, I have worked with clients with a diverse range of needs and mental health challenges. I have extensive experience of working with LGBTQ+ clients. In our work, together, we have explored issues around chemsex, sexuality, shame, and addiction.

Dani Mackenzie-Lyons

I’m a Queer Non-binary/Trans identifying Integrative Therapist, who works in a relational way without a one size fits all approach. My pronouns are they/them.

I have clinical experience in Private Practice, Residential Treatment & Community based programmes.

My experience is based on my work with clients seeking support with Mental Health, Addiction & LGBTQ related issues. I collaborate with my clients to support them in working through the issues they bring, so they can make empowering choices for themselves on their life path.


Marc Svensson

I founded Helsa back in 2019, to address the mental health gap that exists between the LGBTQ+ community and the general population. In addition to running Helsa, I am a social psychologist, researching LGBTQ+ identity formation, mental health, stress and resilience at University College London (UCL).



The tech?

The location for the meeting is on this link here https://zoom.us/j/93491133680 at the advertised time. This platform is easy to use and also has a native app that you will need to download before joining the room so make sure this is all set up before the scheduled time. There will be a waiting room and we will let people in when we are ready.


  1. Just show up on the day.  If you can’t get in then the room is full.
  2. What people discuss in the meeting is confidential, so please respect people’s privacy and don’t discuss the meeting elsewhere.
  3. You don’t have to say anything, you can just listen – there is no obligation, but the more you contribute the more everyone will get from the session.
  4. Note: this is a facilitated meetup, not therapy. Our facilitators are not qualified coaches but will use their experience to guide the discussion to enable mutual support.


It is easy – you just need to click this link: https://zoom.us/j/93491133680

If you are new to Zoom, you can check out the instructions for each device type here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting


These events are free for everyone, but if you’d like to support QWB during this economically difficult time you could make a donation on this link.





July 2
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST


QWB Zoom Room


Club Soda