SANDWELL Mind has split from the national charity with which it has been associated for more than 40 years.

The organisation, which provides services to improve the wellbeing and mental health of people across the Black Country, has relaunched as The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

The re-launch, including a new name, logo and services, marks a disaffiliation from the National Mind charity.

The move means the charity will no longer be seen as one which only serves Sandwell and will help it attract national funding.

Monica Shafaq, Chief Executive of The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, said: “The decision to leave the Mind network and continue as an independent charity has been made to secure the future of our organisation during changing and uncertain times.

“Re-launching as The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will enable us to support more people within and outside of the Sandwell region, but also allows us to offer a holistic approach to our support, combining more services to improve a person’s whole wellbeing.

“We received full backing from our service-users and stakeholders who have been involved in the rebranding process throughout.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will continue to operate from its hub at Hawthorns House near the Hawthorns Stadium and services will not be affected during the changeover.

An official launch event will take place later in the Spring. If you have concerns over your wellbeing, contact the charity to find out what free services are available to you on 0121 5655605.