We formed on the 1st April 2012 following the merger of Southend and District Mental Health Association founded in 1966 and Chelmsford and District Mind Centre (1985) Ltd (Chelmsford Mind) in December 2011. Together we have a track record of over 50 years of delivering quality mental health services to people in need.

We continue to look for ways to develop our services, working in partnership with other local service providers to ensure we meet the needs of those within our communities who are experiencing mental distress.

Although we share the same set of values as national Mind, we are responsible for funding our own local mental health services. We are proud to be one of over 130 local Mind Associations, which comprise the Mind network.

We believe that individuals with mental health difficulties have a right:

  • to be treated as individuals;

  • to be fully consulted in all decisions affecting them;

  • and to enjoy normal patterns of life within the community;

  • To enhance their quality of life through access and participation in everyday activities.


The objects of South East and Central Essex Mind are approved by the Charity Commission and mirror those of Mind, the national mental health charity.


Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all and that treats people with experience of mental distress Fairly, Positively and with Respect.

The needs and experiences of people with mental distress drives our work and we make sure their voices are heard by those who influence change. Our independence gives us the freedom to stand up and speak out on the real local issues that affect daily lives. We provide information and support, campaign to improve policy and attitudes and, in partnership with other local Mind Associations, develop local services. We do this to make it possible for people who experience mental distress to live full lives and play their role in their communities.



We respect everyone’s experience and differences and ensure inclusion is at the heart of our work.


South East and Central Essex Mind is committed to working in partnership with statutory, voluntary and private mental health service providers and all who will help us to achieve our aims and objectives.


Our independence ensures our integrity – we are never compromised.


We endeavour to deliver everything we can to our service users in their needs towards recovery and we will never give up challenging discrimination and campaigning for better mental health.


We keep up-to-date on current research and legislative changes regarding mental health as well as the input from our service users – improving our practice and strategy for the people with mental distress around us.

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