The MindEd Trust has been established following the tragic death of Edward Mallen in February 2015. Edward was an academically gifted teenager and talented pianist who had been offered a place at Cambridge University. He took his own life on the railway following the sudden and brutal onset of clinical depression in the weeks leading up to his death.
"Born in Cambridge and living in the village of Meldreth, Edward Mallen was an academically and musically gifted 18 year old who took his own life in a rail tragedy in February 2015 following the unexplained, rapid and catastrophic onset of depressive illness. Leader of the School Council, Edward was also Head Boy at both his primary and secondary schools and a talented classical pianist who now has the heartbreaking legacy of having played all of the music at his own funeral.
Edward had recently been offered a place at Cambridge University following 12 A*s at GCSE and 100% scores at AS level. A popular and friendly young man, several hundred people attended his funeral. Edward enjoyed travelling, played cricket for the local team, delivered the newspapers in his village and worked at weekends in Heffers bookshop in Cambridge. His school Yearbook records that he was voted most likely to go on and become Prime Minister by his peers. Deeply rooted in his community, Edward was from a stable and loving home and a close-knit family. With no history of trauma or difficulty, Edward fell into psychological despair for no apparent reason just weeks before he died. Cast aside by the NHS for not exhibiting established risk factors, Edward fell rapidly and inexorably into chronic neurological dysfunction."
Too many young people are experiencing mental ill health and falling into crisis with terrible consequences for themselves, their families, friends and communities. The MindEd Trust supports mental health training, resilience, awareness and treatment programmes in schools, colleges and universities. We are also petitioning the government for national reform to the education and healthcare system for young people.
The Trust will support emotional resilience and mental health literacy programmes in all educational environments from primary school through to higher education. The Trust is assisting schools in developing programmes which are best suited to their needs and resources. We are supported by experts and leaders from right across the health, education, political, academic and community arenas.