About Us

Saheliya supports and promotes the positive mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh and Glasgow area.

We believe that there are a number of factors in the lives of our client group which can contribute to stress, anxiety and depression. Some of these factors are:

  • Social isolation
  • Racism
  • Unemployment
  • Abuse
  • Ill health
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship issues

We aim to develop our clients’ self-esteem and confidence and reduce barriers such as isolation and depression, by using a holistic range of services including counselling, practical support, befriending, complementary therapies, outreach, group work and Young Saheliya.

What do we mean by Mental Health

Mental health is more than just an absence of mental illness.
Mental health is the emotional and spiritual resilience which allows us to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness.
It is a positive sense of well-being and an underlying belief in our own, and others’ dignity and worth.


Confidentiality is vital to the work we do at Saheliya. We respect your right to privacy and honour the trust you place in us.

We observe strict confidentiality in all communication and contact with you. Any personal information you share with us is handled with sensitivity and respect.