Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information for South East and Central Essex Mind
—Updated 20th July 2020 As of 20.07.20 The SECE Mind Team continue to be working remotely, with The Jubilee Centre remaining closed for now. Our services and mental health training sessions are being conducted online, and 'normal' service will not resume in the building until we know it can be done safely for everyone involved.
We are not currently able to take on new adult counselling clients but mental health signposting and peer support is available through our new Facebook Group Somewhere To Turn which is free to join and open to everyone. We are also running our mental health training sessions online — See our Training Calendar for upcoming dates.
We will update and add any further information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience, kindness and support during these unprecedented times.
Due to the ongoing and volatile nature of the spread and effects of this worldwide virus and advice from the Government and Public Health England, South East and Central Essex Mind are taking all the necessary and appropriate precautions required during this time. We also understand this situation can cause high levels of anxiety amongst our clients and the public, as well as our own staff and volunteers. We have shared advice on keeping well and dealing with feelings of uncertaincy during these periods of lockdown change, which you can read here
To help manage your mental wellbeing during this time, try to use only use reliable and reputable sources when looking for information — To find out the latest UK Government response to the virus, please visit their website.
Keep informed and be aware of the symptoms of Covid 19 viral infection and follow Public Health England advice at all times. To find out how best to minimise the spread to others, visit the NHS website.
Please remember the situation and advice changes rapidly so further steps may be necessary for SECE Mind in the future. We will keep you up to date via various sources, including this page and our Facebook page
SECE Mind COVID-19 Policy Update:
We have ceased our open door policy at the Jubilee Centre and all staff not designated as being essential workers are no longer attending the office.
We are working hard to offer support and appointments for existing clients who we feel will be at risk of harm should their existing appointments be cancelled. No new clients will be offered face to face or group support.
All staff continue to follow the advice given by Public Health England to minimise the risk of spreading the virus and are following Public Health England advice at all times.
All fundraising events and training courses have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Participants will be contacted and refunds issued as required. If you are holding an online fundraiser, please feel free to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Whilst we have needed to postpone events and face to face services to protect our clients, staff and volunteer team and our community, we would like you to know that you can contact us by messaging our Facebook page or emailing email@example.com and we will look to help you with any concerns or questions you may have around keeping mentally well during these unprecedented times.
South East and Central Essex Mind is an independent mental health charity. Although affiliated to national Mind, a leading mental health charity in England and Wales, we do not receive any funding from them or the Government and we are responsible for our own fundraising and local services. Please consider supporting us and the local community during this time by donating to our COVID-19 Appeal for Local Mental Health Services.
Public health and restricting the spread of the virus is our main concern at all times. We are working hard to share helpful mental health and wellbeing information and materials during this time of uncertainty to support the community - Please follow our Facebook Page to keep up to date.
Thank you for your understanding.