South East and Central Essex Mind is a limited company and registered charity. Its objects are approved by the charity commission and match those of Mind, the national mental health charity, namely, the preservation of mental health and assistance in relieving and rehabilitating persons suffering from mental disorders and conditions of mental distress, which may require advice or treatment.
The organisation known as Southend District Mental Health Association was started in 1966 by volunteers who provided a day care service for the long term mentally ill and their carers and a befriending scheme. In 1968 a constitution was adopted and in 1972 the Association purchased the first of three houses, for accommodating people with mental ill health. On 31 January 1973 the Association registered as a charity and amended its constitution.
In 1977 the Association became affiliated to Mind being one of over 140 local Mind associations, which comprise the Mind network delivering mental health services in England and Wales.
In 2011 the Association amalgamated with Chelmsford and District Mind Centre (1985) Ltd and the following year changed its name to South East and Central Essex Mind Ltd, becoming a limited company.