Welcome To The Chy-Sawel Project.
The Chy-Sawel Project was granted charity status in 2013, following a long campaign by the founder Sandra Breakspeare, to find the most appropriate and effective treatment for her son, who had a psychotic episode in late 1989, was medicated as per the standard practice of the time and eventually placed in secure mental health care.
To read an update on Anthony’s Story, please click here.
Sandra has spent over two decades researching the issues relating to Anthony’s condition and has developed an interest in different approaches to the standard psychiatric treatments. While Anthony has been in long term care, Sandra has attended events and conferences around the UK and all over the world, to help create a network of like-minded professionals in Cornwall and beyond to produce substantive evidence-based research, showing that there is value in prescribing none pharmaceutical options when treating mental illness, in its many forms.
The ultimate aim of The Chy Sawel Project is to establish a Treatment Centre championing a 21st century approach to mental illness where a nutritious diet, practical exercise and talking therapies are preferred prescription option over tranquillising medication.
In order to establish the Treatment Centre, the Chy Sawel Project aims to raise awareness of the non-pharmaceutical treatment options that are not only available but are also practical, affordable and most importantly, proven to be effective. Then off the back of raised awareness, raise funding to secure a location, adapt premises, hire staff, open and operate the Treatment Centre.
To help raise awareness, the Chy Sawel Project has organised conferences in Cornwall and beyond, to explore the latest advances in nutritional, dietary, and talking therapies and help inform mental health professionals about how such advances can be applied to how we approach the treatment of acute mental illness.
The Chy Sawel Project has been very grateful for the support received from many leading British and international experts, who have kindly agreed to speak at the conferences. And, the conference attendees have included mental health professionals, psychologists, therapists, counsellors etc, general medical practitioners, nutritionists and dietary specialists, those who care for family members with mental illness and those who suffer mental illness themselves.
The conferences have not only helped to challenge the status quo, but also to demonstrate that tested alternative approaches are both available and feasible.
The Chy-Sawel Project is a registered charity. This website, associated social media channels and fundraising campaigns, all seek to raise awareness and funding to establish The Chy Sawel Treatment Centre.
The Chy Sawel Project | Charity Registration Number: 1142668