About us

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Since our creation in 1997, we have become one of the UK’s most respected mental health charities.

We are one the UK’s most respected mental health charities, founded by the family of Charlie Waller who took his own life in 1997 whilst suffering from depression. 

We help young people to understand their own mental health, to equip them to support themselves and those around them, and to empower them to talk more openly about the subject. Much of our work takes place in partnership with those with responsibility for young people - families, schools, colleges, universities, and employers.

Find out more here about our origins, our purpose, the work we do, how we go about it and the impact it has.

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About Charlie

At the heart of our story and our purpose sits Charlie, a young man who, to the outside world, had everything to live for

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Our purpose

Our mission is educating young people, and those with responsibility for them, about their mental health and wellbeing

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Our impact

It is vital that we understand and measure the impact of our work, and show how our supporters’ money is making a difference

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News and publications

Our latest news, blog posts from our community, newsletters and Annual Review

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Diversity and inclusion at the Charlie Waller Trust

We're making a conscious effort to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion.

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What we offer

We educate parents, educators, employers and primary care, and young people themselves about mental health and wellbeing

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Our people

A wide range of people bring their expertise and energy to Charlie Waller

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Join our team

We’re a small, hardworking and fun team who all love what we do. And we’re growing.

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Charlie Waller Institute

We facilitate the training of clinicians in evidence-based psychological treatments

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Charlie Waller Podcast

The Charlie Waller Podcast

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Climate and Mental Health

A challenge for everyone

"Katie was an excellent trainer, she was incredibly clever, patient, and understanding. She clearly is passionate about the topic."

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"Jenny was personable, engaging, interesting and knowledgeable...she engaged the students well: her delivery was confident and her content relevant and useful."

from a school tutor

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"Andy was enthusiastic and passionate. Staff and pupils found the workshops engaging and informative."

from a head teacher

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"Dick was excellent. He shaped his presentation to suit his audience and responded to feedback from us to adapt his video so that it was perfect for his audience."

from a teacher

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"Inspirational trainer who gave a powerful presentation and real, lived experience which helped me understand. Thank you Annabelle, you are making a difference to mental health."

from a Year 4 teacher

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