Established in memory of Louise Marson (nee Tebboth), a Bermondsey GP who took her life in January 2015, the LTF is the only charity focused on the prevention of suicide and the mental wellbeing of doctors in England and Wales. We provide financial assistance to projects and services which support those objectives as well as initiatives that assist the bereaved families of doctors who have died by suicide. You can find out more about us and why the cause is so important by watching our video here
Over the course of the last 18 months we have provided nearly £20,000 in grant funding including:
- £10,000 over two years awarded to support the establishment and ongoing activities of the new NHS Practitioner Volunteer and User Voices Network. The Network brings doctors at varying stages of recovery from mental illness and addiction together with service providers, commissioners and charitable organisations in order to give voice to the experiences of the practitioner-patients, enable them to help shape the development of support services, raise awareness of the key issues affecting the management, support and processes for doctors who become unwell and to explore the gaps in service provision and barriers to seeking help.
- The commissioning and funding of a report by Professor Gail Kinman of the University of Bedfordshire and Dr Kevin Teoh of Birkbeck University of London which reviews research on the mental health of doctors, the factors that increased the risk of poor mental health, and the implications for their own wellbeing and that of their patients. The report, entitled ‘What could make a difference to the mental health of UK doctors?’ and published in conjunction with the Society for Occupational Medicine, can be found here.
- £500 to provide furniture for a calm zone at the Royal Free London Hospital in order to provide medical staff with a safe space to sit comfortably and feel supported.
We are registered as a charity with the Charity Commission (Registration number 1166657). Our entry on the charities database can be found here.