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RCOMH Partner - The Retreat

The Retreat logoThe Retreat is a not-for-profit specialist mental health provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and challenging needs.

The Retreat was founded in 1792 by William Tuke, a Yorkshire Quaker, and opened in 1796. It remains to this day a Quaker organisation. It has the distinction of having been the first establishment in England where mental illness was regarded as something from which a person could recover, and people were treated with understanding, respect and dignity.  The Retreat had a profound influence on public opinion, resulting ultimately in fundamental reform of the laws relating to mental illness and its treatment.

The present day Retreat seeks to retain the original principles behind the early moral treatment practised here, whilst being responsive to what is best in latest clinical expertise and practice. We provide modern healthcare, based on traditional values.

RCOMH Partner The RetreatWe are delighted to be a founding member of the newly created RCOMH. Our long held values based on Quaker principles include supporting the individual’s right to choose an approach which best supports their recovery and holding a belief in the persons potential to recover. We see these values as being congruent with the aims of RCOMH, believing that integrative approaches to research and evaluation should seek to identify and explore the important aspects of the ‘experience’ of all mental health conditions.

We look forward to a long relationship with RCOMH, drawing on the strengths of the founding partners to gain an international reputation of excellence in mental health research. Whilst there are other centres of research what makes RCOMH unique is the focus on its value base and the integrative nature of research methodologies, and professional and user perspectives it seeks to employ to explore, understand and identify the issues of importance in an individual’s mental health, recovery and wellbeing.