Our History

1954

The Stepping Stones Club, one of the first community mental health centres in the country, is established in Bromley. It was way ahead of its time in terms of user involvement, with ‘members’ on the management committee and running activities.

“When it first started it was completely run by volunteers, around 1978 there was a threat of closure so we staged a sit-in. Finally it was agreed that within the new building on the site there would always be ‘the house’ (what was then known as SS club and what is now SS BLG Mind) with provision for people with mental health needs.”

“It helped me out so much, when I had a breakdown after my mother and father died I did everything I could to help, which helped me. We continued to fundraise, which all started with a Valentines Ball, to keep it going. I volunteered for 42 years and only missed a week.”

– Maureen Hill

1963

Orpington Mental Health Association established.

1966

A History of Beckenham Mind 1966-2000

Formation of Beckenham Mind.

1968

Official opening of Anchor House; purchased for £7,500.

1971

News Shopper press clipping: money will aid research into schizophrenia

1972

How fundraising has changed!

1978

Anchor House has a 10-year celebration.

1979

Greenwich Mind starts offering services from Ormiston Road Centre.

1980

The Ormiston Road Counselling line was started, now known as Mindline.

1980s

Mindcare Logo

Beckenham Mind began providing support to people living with dementia, and MindCare was formed as a dementia specialist arm of the charity

2001

Beckenham Mind, Orpington Mental Health Association and Stepping Stones Club merged to form Bromley Mind.

2007

Bromley Mind established a mental health peer-support programme in Bromley, leading to the organisation becoming renowned as an expert in this field.

2010

Dementia training team established.

2011

Bromley Mind branched out and started delivering services in Lewisham.

2013

Bromley Mind start to offer services in Lewisham permanently, leading to the launch of Bromley & Lewisham Mind (BL Mind).

2016

BL Mind are one of the Founding members of Bromley Third Sector Enterprise (BTSE).

2016

BL Mind launch wellbeing and resilience services for expectant and new mothers.

2017

Bromley Recovery College opens.

2018

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind logo

Bromley & Lewisham Mind merge with Greenwich Mind to become Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind.

2018

SE London Peer Support in the Community Hub established.

2019

Mental health training team established.

2019

Centre for Mental Health IPS Centre of Excellence 2019-2020 logo

Accredited as an IPS Employment Support Centre of Excellence.