The James Nayler Foundation
is a registered mental health charity
borne out of the publicity surrounding the work of founder and central figure Dr. Bob Johnson
during his time as consultant psychiatrist to the Special Unit in Parkhurst Prison
. Dr. Johnson's principal idea and the source of much of the controversy was his belief in a cure for personality disorders
evolved through a complex talking cure
and eschewing psychiatric medications
The Foundation was started in June 1997 as a non-profit making company, launched with individual donations of approximately £4,000. It was registered as a charity in the following year. Its aims, as registered with the Charities Commission, are as follows:
- To advance the education of the public in the causes and treatment of Personality and Conduct Disorders.
- To relieve the need, hardship or distress of persons suffering from Personality and Conduct Disorders, their family and friends and others affected by the behaviour of such persons.
The Foundation is named after Quaker James Nayler.