Our vision is of 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 Trust was set up in 1997 in memory of Charlie Waller, a young man who took his own life whilst suffering from depression. Shortly after his death, his family founded the Trust in order to educate young people on the importance of staying mentally well and how to do so.
“Because CWMT grew out of the love of family and friends for the much missed Charlie Waller, it has by definition a totally holistic approach to mental health."
Alexander Armstrong, CWMT Patron
What we do
The Trust aims to:
Equip young people to look after their mental well being
Help people to recognise the signs of depression in themselves and others so they know when to seek help
Ensure expert and evidence-based help is available when people need it
We do this by:
Delivering talks & training to young people and those who work with them about how to stay mentally well
Providing training for primary health care and other professionals in identifying and supporting those with depression
Providing self-help resources and training for universities and student-led organisations to promote resilience and mental wellbeing
Delivering talks and training on mental health in the workplace, to employees, employers and line managers
Supporting research and teaching in evidence-based therapies at the Charlie Waller Institute at the University of Reading
We also publish free resources for parents, professionals and others interested in mental and emotional wellbeing.