Minding HistoriesMind in Bexley carry out original and secondary research, targeted projects and related policy work. Through original and secondary research, and in collaboration with others agencies including our academic partners the University of Kent and Christchurch University, we review and evaluate existing practice and challenge current thinking.

We seek to promote and publish research that leads to the development of good practice in services for people suffering from mental distress – in the NHS, in health and social care provision, employment – and support the needs of service users and their carers.

‘Care for me at home’ Domiciliary care study

Mind in Bexley and Healthwatch Bexley have recently completed an oral history research study which explores the impact of Home (Domiciliary) care on the well-being and quality of life of services users in Bexley. We hope that the research findings on the quality of Home Care services will help to improve service provision in the Borough. The findings have been reported to the Commissioners, Health and Wellbeing Board and Healthwatch England.

The final report, exhibition and presentation are on the Healthwatch Bexley website.

Current Research Programmes

Social Prescribing in Bexley Pilot Evaluation Report

Mind have received funding to undertake a research/needs assessment and signposting and awareness raising project with young migrants who have claimed asylum as children and who have now turned 18. This group faces multiple deprivations because of their disrupted childhood, their often traumatic experiences prior to arriving in the UK, their status as care leavers and as migrants in the UK. We will undertake interviews (n=15), run workshops (n=5) to explore mental health needs, develop an exhibition to raise public/professional awareness of this groups mental well-being, explore peer support initiatives and signpost if appropriate to support.

Previous Research Papers

A selection of our previous research is available to download

Article based on the Minding Histories Oral History Project, published in the Journal of Family and Community History

Mind in Bexley’s paper ‘Getting to know you’: reflections on a specialist independent mental health advocacy service for Bexley and Bromley residents in forensic settings published in Mental Health Review.

Moving Stories – Health Trainers

Research into Childrens CBT by Mind in Belxey

No one knows like we do’: the narratives of mental health service users trained as researchers