Health & Wellness (along with Culture & Community and Youth & Families, is one of the three pillars that guide the programs and services that OUTMemphis offers. Under this Health & Wellness umbrella, there are six main pillars of focus:
- Sexual Health
- Mental Health
- Intimate Partner Violence
- Substance Abuse
- Spiritual Health
- Physical Health
Here are three programs offered by OUTMemphis within this umbrella, and the pillars under which they fall:
Pillar: Sexual Health
As part of our commitment to ending the HIV epidemic (which disparately affects men who have sex with men and transgender women), our Health & Wellness staff are experts in navigating clients to PrEP and PEP.
PrEP (or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a once a day pill that, if taken regularly and consistently, can reduce the chances of contracting HIV through unprotected sex by 99%.
PEP (or Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a 30-day regimen of pills that, if started within 72 hours of an exposure incident (such as a broken condom or unprotected sex) can reduce the chance of contracting HIV greatly.
Our Health & Wellness staff are well-versed in the resources available in and around Memphis for getting community members on these medications, and we will work with you to find a solution that works best for you to prevent HIV contraction.
These two tools are instrumental in the prevention of new cases of HIV, which is critical in ending the epidemic. In conjunction with HIV testing and navigating those who are already HIV+ into treatment, an end to this epidemic could be in sight.
To talk to one of our Health & Wellness staff about this service, email us or call 901-278-6422.
PRIDE Yoga w/ The Phoenix Project
Pillars: Physical Health, Spiritual Health, Mental Health
OUTMemphis has been lucky enough to partner with The Phoenix Project, run by Caroline Schratz. This yoga class meets twice a month, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. Through partnering with this organization, we are able to bring trauma-informed therapeutic yoga to the LGBTQ+ population.
These classes are free and open to the public. Participants will gain a range of benefits from this class, ranging from better sleep, to emotional stability, to physical benefits like increased circulation.
To learn more about this class, check out the Facebook event or call us at 901-278-6422.
Pillars: Substance Abuse, Mental Health
Seeking Serenity is an LGBTQ+ focused Al-Anon group hosted every Thursday 5:30p-6:30p at OUTMemphis. Al-Anon, unlike Alcoholics/Narcotics/Etc. Anonymous, is a group for people who are affected by alcoholism and substance abuse because they are caretakers, partners, or friends of people in recovery. Some people may want to take Countrywide Testing products to check their detox progress whilst working with them, to keep them on their journey to recovery. While there are plenty of instances of crossover between these two groups, Seeking Serenity is a group that is mainly for those who desire a safe, confidential space to share experiences and issues with those in the same situation.
To learn more about this peer-led group, check out the Facebook event or call us at 901-278-6422.