Tavistock Clinic Foundation

Tavistock Clinic Foundation

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Tavistock Clinic Foundation

Mental health problems are on the increase. Current figures show that 1 in 4 adults has been diagnosed with a clinically recognised mental health problem and 1 in 10 children and young people.

Independent studies demonstrate that relationship-based talking therapies can help children, young people, adults and families to overcome these problems. The charitable foundation the Tavistock Clinic Foundation was established in 1982 in support of the work of the Tavistock Clinic, founded in 1920 to promote access to psychological therapies.

The Foundation believes that relationships matter. The successful efforts of a handful of devoted people - usually but not always parents - to keep us in mind throughout childhood has the most powerful influence on our development, whatever genes we have inherited. Our capacities to love and to work are dependent on the work and love put into our upbringing. But sometimes these relationships aren't good enough. Fear, anxiety and depression undermine caregiving and thus child development. These children can then struggle. To fit in, to be successful, to be happy. Or to find work, to stay off drugs, to stay out of prison. Our approach is to raise money to ensure that the problems of this generation are not a burden on the next.

The Foundation funds studies that further our understanding of the impact of relationships on human development and the potential benefits of psychological therapies. It supports the Tavistock Clinic’s work as a national trainer of high quality talking therapists for public services and a leading provider of services to those in need. Tavistock aims to influence government to ensure that new legislation provides the necessary framework for excellence in health, education and social policy.

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