Brave Helpline: +65 8788 8817
2 May 2018, Singapore – Brave Spaces, a new non-profit organisation, today announced the launch of a helpline dedicated to supporting LBTQI (lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex) women in Singapore.
The ‘Brave Helpline’ is Singapore’s first full-time helpline service catered for LBTQI women. It provides support for LBTQI women and transgender men, who are experiencing distress or facing crises such as depression, harassment, sexual assault and bullying, or simply wish to have another party to lend more clarity to their thoughts and options.
The Brave Helpliners are specifically trained to be sensitive and affirming towards persons regardless of their gender identity and sexual orientation, in addition to their knowledge of the available resources for women of intersectional identities.
Operated in collaboration with the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE), the helpline is open from Mondays to Fridays, from 3pm to 9.30pm, except on Public Holidays.
An e-mail service for feedback and enquiries related to non-emergency cases has also been launched in conjunction with the helpline.
Recognising the prevalence of messaging services such as WhatsApp, Brave Spaces is presently assessing text messaging-based support services in the near future.
A Brave Spaces spokesperson said, “The Brave Helpline offers a safe, dignified and affirming space for women who identify as LBTQI, as well as their friends and family who seek to understand and support them. Where necessary, we provide follow-up options such as face-to-face counselling with our partner counsellors, support from AWARE’s Sexual Assault Care Centre, workshops, and legal and state resources.”
Launched on 10 March 2018, Brave Spaces is a Singapore-based non-profit organisation that develops programmes and organises events on well-being, self-care and managing existential and life stage issues. It also provides social services and conducts research and advocacy to engage and empower women in Singapore.