The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust was set up in 1998 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Over the years the Trust has grown into an independent charity that works with partners in the health service, education and the private sector across the country. We also work with other charities and family trusts with similar aims and backgrounds.
Our vision is a world where people understand and talk openly about depression, where young people know how to maintain wellbeing, and where the most appropriate treatment is available to everyone who needs it.
The aim of the Trust is to increase awareness of the signs and the dangers of depression amongst young people and to encourage those who may be depressed to seek help. It also encourages those that are well to pick up the symptoms in others and persuade them to get help.
Our aims are achieved by:
- delivering talks to young people, teachers and those who work with them about how to stay mentally well
- providing training to primary health care and other professionals in identifying and supporting those with depression
- providing training and self-help resources to universities and student-led organisations to promote resilience and mental wellbeing
- supporting research and teaching in evidence-based therapies at the Charlie Waller Institute