South East and Central Essex Mind have been awarded just over £350,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to deliver a brand new service helping those who are experiencing mental health problems resulting from psychological trauma. The new 3 year service has been designed so that users go through for different stages which all offer specialised and bespoke help and support.

The Trauma programme is unique in the UK in that it works with trauma-specific issues and is built around a tiered entry system. The service is a vital asset to the community as it offers longer-term specialised psychotherapy and counselling for those with more complex needs.

Kristina Stazaker, the charities’ Development Manager says “Everyone at SECE Mind worked really hard to win this bid as we knew how much the community needs help with their mental health. It took around 9 months for us to complete the application and we are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded. We cannot thank the Big Lottery Fund enough for their generosity”.

Georgina Beadon, the Service Manager says “The new Trauma programme is the most holistic, integrated and innovative service we have built over the last decade and it has been designed in collaboration with local stakeholders, service users and the community so that everyone benefits. I feel proud to have led this bid and look forward to its future successes”

Anyone who wishes to join the Trauma programme or address their mental health issues, resulting from trauma, can contact the charity for more information and guidance. South East and Central Essex Mind, who are based in Southchurch Road on the corner of the underpass, can be contacted by ringing 01702 601123 or via email. Please visit their website for more details

South East and Central Essex Mind are celebrating their 50th year anniversary helping people in this region of Essex experiencing mental health difficulties. They offer a drop-in and advice service as well more specialised help such as supported accommodation and counselling. Although South East and Central Essex Mind are affiliated with national Mind, they are responsible for funding their own mental health services and are an independent charity with a separate board of trustees.


South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451