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Birmingham Mind

Birmingham Mind is the largest independent mental health charity providing services in and beyond the City of Birmingham’s boundaries.

We were founded in 1962, and are a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee, affiliated to Mind.

Our well-trained and committed staff manage and deliver our range of services.

Our Services are individualised, person centred and deliver valued outcomes, as we passionately believe that everyone has the right to live lives that are meaningful and which enable them to reach their full potential as individuals.

We work in active partnership with a range of local organisations to deliver services and challenge the stigma that surrounds mental distress.

Pathways Covered

Mental and physical health


Birmingham Mind is the largest independent mental health charity providing services in and beyond the City of Birmingham’s boundaries.

Our website shows how we are promoting wellbeing and recovery, providing high quality support and challenging the stigma of mental distress.

What we do

Birmingham Mind provides high quality services in a variety of settings. All our services are carefully vetted by our own monitoring arrangements or external verification. We provide person centred support to enable people to be in control of their lives.

We are pleased that a number of our residential services are rated as excellent by CQC, we have achieved the top standard awarded by National Mind, and have gained PQASSO level one.

The organisation also has the Investors in People Gold Award, is a Mindful Employer and due to the overall excellence of our services we have been awarded the Charity Commission Accreditation mark.

We are by far the largest voluntary sector provider of mental health services within Birmingham and as a consequence have a vast amount of experience within the organisation.

Our vision is that people are in control of their lives and this aspiration emphasises the need to build upon peoples strengths underpinned at all times by a well established recovery approach.

Who pays?

Almost all of our services are centrally funded by the Local Authority or a Birmingham based CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). As a result these services are generally free at the point of delivery to those who are accepted. However with the development of personalised/ individual budgets becoming ever more popular some individuals might want to buy some services directly. We are able to provide most services in this way and so if you are interested then please do not hesitate to contact John Bristow on 0121 608 8001 for costs and availability.

How to access

In an emergency:

  • Call 999 – If you or someone else is in immediate risk of serious harm or injury you should call the emergency services.
  • Contact your GP – if you, a friend or relative is experiencing mental health problems.
  • If you, a friend or relative does not have a GP and lives in Birmingham, you can call the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust on: 0121 301 0000 (This service is for people aged 25 and over)
  • For people aged 0-25 you can contact Forward Thinking Birmingham Single Point of Access0300 300 0099 or via


 For support, advice and information in a crisis:

  • Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or email: jo@samaritans
  • Call 111: (Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
  • SANELINE on 0845 767 8000 (Open 1pm – 11pm every day)

If you have contact with the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust:

 For general information, support and advice:

  • Mind Info Line on 0300 123 393 or visit their website access a range of useful mental health factsheets and information.