The Eaton Foundation
The Eaton Foundation
The Eaton Foundation is a registered UK charity. We opened the first and only person-centred and holistic male mental health centre in the UK in September 2015. The charity supports adult men over the age of 16 experiencing distress. We support men struggling with debts, poverty, mental health needs, offending behaviours, unemployment and dependency. We provide counselling, debt relief, hot food kitchens, free qualifications, training courses, housing advice and advocacy.
There are no refuges or shelters in the local area and the homeless community (which is predominantly male) is growing at an alarming rate. In 2016 East Staffordshire council reported that there were less than 10 people sleeping rough on the streets of Burton and at Christmas 2017 that figure had risen to 50. Many of which access the Eaton Foundation for holistic support and multiple services.
MIND (2013) report that while 1 in 4 people will experience mental health problems in the course of just one year, men are much less likely to seek any help for their concerns than women. This could lend some explanation to the alarming report that British men are three times more likely to commit suicide due to mental health problems than women. Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35 years old (Department of Health, 2005). In terms of local context Burton on Trent did have a mental health facility and specialist hospital until it was closed down in 2013, leaving our town with very little mental health support. When The Eaton Foundation set up at the end of 2013 it was immediately overwhelmed with mental health referrals which lead to the opening of the mental health centre in 2015. Just like most people that have fallen on hard times, Alex's father did not start out as a vulnerable adult and was once a well-known and greatly loved family man, friend and successful business owner.
The Eaton Foundation aims to:
- To provide a whole-person approach to supporting vulnerable adult men and their loved ones.
- To support vulnerable males over the age of 18 who are in need, hardship or distress by reason of ill health (physical or mental including substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs)
- To support men with every aspect of their lives using a whole-person approach to help them to recover from crisis and move towards a healthier, happier life.
Established: August 2013
Registered Charity Number: 1156136
Board members: 5
Full time staff: 1
Part time staff: 4
Phone number: 01283568341
Address: 21 Orchard Street, Shaftsbury House,Burton On Trent de143sjView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website