In 1949, the Mental Health Research Fund was established by the scientist Derek Richter, after the Second World War and the foundation of the NHS. Derek Richter’s aim was to address the apparent imbalance in physical and mental health funding. He set up a research laboratory to treat soldiers suffering from shellshock, which is now recognised as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Derek had a particular interest in how mental health is shaped by experiences or by the environment we live in - an approach which still informs the Mental Health Foundation’s research to this very day.
10 May 2021