Marsh Award for Mental Health Work

2010 - Professor Julian Leff

Julian Leff, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, was given this award for the significant impact his long and outstanding career has had on the lives of people affected by severe mental illness.

Recent work that he has carried out has focused on the effect of relatives' Expressed Emotion on the course of schizophrenia and of depression, showing that when work with the whole family was added to maintenance medication, patients with schizophrenia had a much better chance of staying free of relapse, and therefore enhancing their social and occupational rehabilitation. It also improved the quality of life of the carers and gave them hope.

He has also led the Team for the Assessment of Psychiatric Services (TAPS) programme which produced substantial evidence of improvement in the quality of life of discharged long-stay patients, countering the prevailing opinion that community care has failed.

As Professor Leff was unable to attend the National Members Day in Bristol, he nominated a close friend, Werner Seehoff, to collect the award from Mark Davies, Rethink's Director of Communications, on his behalf.

Picture right: Werner Seehoff (accepting on behalf of Professor Julian Leff), Lorraine Ryan, Trustee Marsh Christian Trust and Rethink’s Director of Communication Mark Davies.


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