We’re Solihull Mind, the local voluntary sector organisation for mental health in Solihull borough. We provide a wide
range of services providing advice, information and support to people with mental health problems.
People can choose to use whichever of our services
they need at the times they need them; whether that is
for a one-off situation needing help or guidance; for
longer term support, perhaps using more than one
service; or returning to a service when needed for
support at a particular time.If you are looking for
information or advice about any aspect of mental health
please phone or email us - details are here. You can
also find information on mental health issues and
diagnoses at National Mind’s website
Solihull Mind’s services are provided according to our policies on equal opportunities and confidentiality. Copies of
these policies are available on request. Unfortunately, our services are restricted to those who live in the borough of
Solihull and are aged between 17 and 65
Solihull Mind believes that people who have mental
health problems have the same rights as any other
person; that they should not be disadvantaged or
subject to prejudice and should have the right to live an
ordinary life in the community with the necessary
support to ensure fulfilment and independence. As a
local, user led, mental health organisation Solihull Mind
seeks to improve the quality, quantity, and accessibility
of services for people with emotional distress. Our
services support these beliefs. We provide a range of
services ourselves, or we can help people access
services elsewhere to enable people to move towards
the lives they want.
shops and organisations are still requiring them.
However, there are exemptions from this
requirement; including young children, people with
breathing difficulties, and, most significantly, “people
whose disabilities make it difficult for them to wear a
face covering”- and this includes people who are
unable to wear masks due to their mental health.
As it isn’t obvious that people with “hidden
disabilities” are exempt from wearing a mask, there
are badges available that can be worn or displayed
on your smart phone. The government issued ones
can be obtained here:
your-own. You can also buy a card and a lanyard or
plastic holder at the Hidden Disabilities website:
Black Lives Matter
Mind believes that Black Lives Matter and black
mental health matters and we share our support for
the Black Lives Matter movement.
In mental health – as in other areas of life – there is
a huge disparity in how black people are listened to
and supported at every level. People from black and
minority ethnic (BAME) groups living in the UK are
more likely to be diagnosed with mental health
problems, be diagnosed and admitted to hospital,
experience a poor outcome from treatment,
disengage from mainstream mental health services,
leading to social exclusion and a deterioration in
their mental health.
Under the outdated Mental Health Act, Black people
are more likely to be compulsorily admitted for
treatment, more likely to be on a medium or high
secure ward and more likely to be subject to
seclusion or restrain.
We know there’s no easy solution and that there is
still a long way to go to make sure everyone
experiencing a mental health problem and other
forms of discrimination, is treated equally, both
within our organisation and outside it.
Solihull Mind 2019
Registered Charity Number 516058
Re-opening of OASIS service
From Monday 4th October we will be re-opening
our OASIS/drop-in service at Faulkner Road.
There will be social distancing inside our building
and people will need to have a lateral flow covid
test before entering - we can provide the test kits
or you can use your own.
The days and times will be the same as pre-
covid: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 12 - 5pm,
Tuesday evenings 6pm - 11pm, Saturday and
Sunday 12 - 6pm. At the moment the Friday,
women only session won’t restart until later in
October, nor will the music group until we can
ensure it can be run safely. The art/craft group
will, however, be returning from Thursday 7th
October from 10am - 12-30pm.
We continue to provide counselling in our building
using masks, visors and clear screens, although
there is still the option of receiving counselling by
The horticulture/conservation project continues to
be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
and Fridays from 10-30am until 4pm. The women
only session is restarting from Tuesday 29th
September, 11am - 2pm.
There will still be advice and support available on
the telephone and through email (0121 742 4941
or 0121 743 4237; and
firstname.lastname@example.org). This is now
available from 9-30am until 5pm, Monday to
Friday, although the weekend service is now
replaced by our seven day a week crisis service
which is open from 6pm until 11pm from 4th
October in our building in Faulkner Road.
Mental Health Helpline
The Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health
Helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a
week on 0121 262 3555
The government has made the wearing of
facemasks optional from 19th July, but many