South East and Central Essex Mind – Services & Events

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South East and Central Essex Mind (SECE Mind) have recently announced they are extending their counselling and support services.

SECE Mind’s fifth Mental Health Conference takes place on 20th June 2014, at Writtle College, Chelmsford, and has several workshops already confirmed.

This year’s event is organised in partnership with the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, Nick Alston, who will be speaking during the morning session.

Fee Based Counselling Service

Mind are in the process of extending their Fee Based Counselling Service, which will be delivered from the Southend and Chelmsford offices.

This counselling service is for anyone who is feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, and generally in need of some support for their mental health.

SECE Mind operate a sliding scale for fees, based on your household income.

The initial assessment costs a standard rate of £30, which is payable in advance to secure your appointment. At this assessment, the counsellor will inform you of what the counselling sessions will cost, ranging from £15.00 to £40.00 per session.

Referrals for this service can be made through:

  • Self-referrals
  • GPs and Primary Care Services
  • Secondary Mental Health Services
  • Social Care Services

If you would like an assessment, please contact either Mind’s Southend office on 01702 601123, or the Chelmsford office on 01245 345083. During this call, you will need to provide some basic details before being offered an initial assessment appointment.

In addition, if you would like to write to SECE Mind, you can email, or write to:

Head Office
112a Southchurch Road


Chelmsford Office
Sadlers House
2 Legg Street

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Counselling Service will continue free of charge, as this is funded by the Big Lottery.

Peer Support Service

Mind are also extending their Peer Support Service, which aims to support people with mental ill-health through Peer Supporters who have lived with mental illness. The Peer Support Service will offer ‘one-to-one’ support, as well as providing group activities and assisting individuals to access help through Personal Budgets.

Mind states that patients and service users provide invaluable support to each other, both informally and through self-help and activist groups.

Mind also lists the benefits of receiving Peer Support, including increased self-esteem and self-confidence, a sense of belonging, and motivation to learn new skills.

Being involved in a user group can provide a safety net for many, with Peer Support even helping people to overcome problems that traditional services have failed to do.

The Peer Support Service is currently being piloted in Southend. For more information or for a referral form, please contact Sarah Linzey on 01702 601123.

Mind Events

Mind is hosting several fundraising events over the coming year, with the aim of improving awareness of mental health, as well as raising funds towards their work.

You can support Mind in fundraising in a number of ways, including signing up to, which means that whenever you shop online at over 2,700 stores, Mind receive a donation at no extra cost. The stores include Tesco, Next, John Lewis, Argos, Premier Inn, Apple, Ebay and M&S).

This is a really simple way to help raise money for Mind, as signing up is free, it requires minimal effort, and brings in small, regular donations to Mind.

Fundraising events are also taking place:

17th May 2014 – Tandem Charity Skydive – Sign up for the experience of a lifetime!

18th May 2014 – Superhero Race around Regent’s Park – A fun day out for all the family!

7th September 2014 – London to Brighton Bike Ride, from Clapham Common, London to Maderia Drive, Brighton

For more information on these events and any other events Mind is hosting throughout the year, to organise your own event in aid of SECE Mind, or to become a volunteer, please email Pippa Foster at, or call her on 01702 601123

For further information on any services or events, please visit

South East and Central Essex Mind Bulletin


Written by Poppy Reece

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