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January 2023 update: Celebrating 100 years

This month we are celebrating Maudsley Hospital which opened to the public 100 years ago today. It had first been requisitioned by the War Office before its completion in 1915 to deal with the military casualties of the First World War. Our organisation has changed in many ways over the last century, but thanks to our staff and partners, Henry Maudsley’s vision, of a hospital in an urban centre where mental healthcare, teaching and research would come together, endures.

Read our Chief Executive, David Bradley's, and our Chair, Sir Norman Lamb's, reflections on 100 years of Maudsley Hospital. Read more

Debt Buster visits Bethlem

Debt Free Advice’s Debt Buster mobile advice centre will be visiting Bethlem Royal Hospital on Wednesday 8 February to give free and confidential advice in-person on debt, benefits and welfare. Find out more

New buildings on track for completion

Along with our partners, we are investing over £186 million in modernising our mental health services and facilities. This includes the New Douglas Bennett House and the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People, currently under construction next door to Maudsley Hospital. Both are on track to be completed this year as we look to the next 100 years of mental health care in Denmark Hill. Find out more

In the news


In an exclusive interview with MyLondon, Dr Amita Jassi, our Equality and Diversity Lead National Specialist discusses how minority groups are severely under-represented across CAMHS clinical services and how we are working to address the barriers to equal access. Read more

Politics Home

In Politics Home, Maarten Crommelin, headteacher of the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospital School which will be based in the new Pears Maudsley Centre, makes the case for why we must do better for children in hospital schools to support their recovery and route back into learning. Read more

Crisis help

Our crisis lines are always open, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information about where people can get help if they are distressed or experiencing a mental health crisis is available on our website. We are also developing a mental health crisis assessment service to provide an alternative to attending A&E with a range of therapeutic interventions in an appropriate space. Get help

New community recovery houses

Together with the national mental health charity, Richmond Fellowship, we have launched two Crisis Recovery Houses which will offer new community-based crisis support for people living in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon. The two-year pilot includes a crisis recovery house for young people – the first of its kind. The houses offer hotel quality accommodation where guests have the freedom as if were they in their own home.

Coming up

The faces we present

Our Lived Experience Network and Bethlem Museum have collaborated on a new exhibition that brings portraits of those once hailed as ‘the great and the good’ of mental healthcare face to face with a range of self-depictions that communicate the complexity of the parts we all play in life. Find out more

Be Well Challenge

At a time where our daily lives have changed so much and we face many new difficulties, it is important to make time to look after our physical and mental health. Take part in activities that support you, your family and friends, and your community with positive mental wellbeing. Take part

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