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The Maudsley Charity works in partnership with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London to promote positive change in the world of mental health. We support innovation, research and service improvement, working with patients and families, clinical care teams, researchers and community organisations with a common goal of improving mental health.

About the Maudsley Charity

We support patients and carers, clinical care teams and scientists who are working towards improving mental health. We fund ideas, big and small, that drive improvement and support people who experience mental illness.

Why we’re here

When someone becomes ill, the effect on them, their friends and family can be life-changing. It can happen to any of us.

The consequences of mental ill health are far reaching – affecting employment, relationships, finances and even life expectancy. The Maudsley Charity exists to fund the people and projects striving to improve care, support recovery and prevent mental illness.

How we work

We work with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Together we drive direct improvements in prevention, clinical care and treatment.

This unique partnership enables us to fund innovative projects and research which change lives across London, the UK and the world. Building the proof and expertise which will allow us all to live in better mental health.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London are part of King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre that brings together King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas‘, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

The organisations work together to combine basic and translational health research, clinical care and education to create world-leading improvements in healthcare. We also work with a wide range of voluntary organisations and partners who share our values and commitment to improving mental health. You can find out more about our work and future plans by reading our strategy.

We’re committed to the mental health and well-being of those who live locally, but we believe that the work that we fund can have impact at a national and international level. Our primary area of operation are the boroughs that South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and substance misuse (drug and alcohol) services in, which are: Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.

Where we’ve come from

We can trace our history back to 1247 and the foundation of Bethlem Royal Hospital, the oldest psychiatric institution in the world.

In 2018 we became an independent NHS charity. Before that we were formally part of South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). Our Board now comprises of eight independent trustees and three trustees nominated by SLaM.

Where we are going

This is a particularly exciting time to join the charity, We have been through our first phase of development as an independent charity. We are not a large team but we are growing and have emerging bold ambitions around:

How we can have maximum impact in mental health

How we can address issues of discrimination and exclusion in what we work on and how we work

​• How we can generate more funds to extend our work and build communities of support

We will be committing at least £25-30m of funding over the next five years to projects focused on improving the lives of people with mental illness.

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