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Weʼre raising £10,000 to develop a charity to further the understanding and treatment of anxiety and depression in young people so that other lives may be saved.

Cambridgeshire, UK

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Will was a kind, gentle and loving young man who brightened the lives of his parents (Anne and Peter) and brother John, his girlfriend and many friends. He was due to sit his A Levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry this summer and was planning to study Computer Science at university starting this autumn.

Sadly, Will had been troubled by anxiety and depression for some time. While he had recently made great progress in dealing with his challenges and had been in buoyant spirits over recent days and weeks, Will took his own life on April 10 2018.

Despite these desperately sad circumstances, Will's parents are tremendously grateful for the 18 wonderful years that they had with Will. They intend to honour Will’s memory in a way which reflects the care he showed towards others. Anne, Peter and John plan to establish a charity focused on understanding, developing and deploying treatments for anxiety and depression in young people.

The family's aspiration is to enable the 'joining-up' of excellent research and practice across the many fields associated with young people's mental health to:

1. Further the understanding of the causes of anxiety and depression in young people, and identify opportunities for interventions that can address them effectively ;

2. Identify best practice interventions at an individual patient level and at a 'system' level. These may be complemented with new knowledge from research to develop new and enhanced treatments, policies and systems;

3. Accelerate the deployment of new and updated treatments through education, training and information for practitioners and wider society.

Our initial focus will be to identify a portfolio of opportunities to positively impact young people's mental health, and their feasibility. From this portfolio, we intend to select and seek to commission research, development and application projects that have the potential to make a real difference.

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  • Peter Templeton6 months ago
    Peter Templeton

    Peter Templeton

    6 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    Thank you for the amazing donations in Will’s memory, which now exceed £27,000. In addition to 350 personal donations, some fabulous sponsorship activities have occurred: Trinity College’s River’s Voices choral group gave a beautiful recital and generously dedicated the collection. Will’s maths tutor completed a 10-mile run & Kimbolton School pupils completed a 24-hour marathon row to raise funds for two campaigns. Well done everyone! We so appreciate the love and support from you all.

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  • Peter Templeton6 months ago
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    Peter Templeton

    6 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    The effect of inflammation on the fetal, childhood and adolescent brain development has been examined by researchers at UC Davis, California. A paper published in Science in 2016 proposes that inflammation in early development can lead to psychiatric and neurological disorders. The paper suggests that new diagnostics and therapies be developed based on the model described to identify at-risk individuals, and offer treatments before the symptoms of immune related psychiatric illnesses arise.

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  • Peter Templeton6 months ago
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    6 months ago
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    One study cited in The Inflamed Mind which specifically relates to young people identifies a causal link between inflammation and depression. The study of 15,000 children in Bristol and South West England was published in 2014 and found that children who were not depressed, but were slightly inflamed at the age of 9, were significantly more likely to be depressd as 18 year olds. Inflammatory pathways may provide important new intervention and prevention targets for these disorders.

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Page last updated on: 12/10/2018 1:58 PM



  • Catherine and David Sullivan

    Catherine and David Sullivan

    Dec 10, 2018

    All best wishes and Happy Holidays, from Catherine and David!


  • Joanna Mitham

    Joanna Mitham

    Dec 1, 2018

    The mental health of our young people is so important. I wish you all the best with your efforts!

  • Paul Thompson

    Paul Thompson

    Nov 27, 2018

    I met Will online on CS:GO .. he was a great guy .. I'm sorry for your loss.


  • Sue Dauwer

    Sue Dauwer

    Nov 5, 2018

    Arthur and I are happy to support your lovely tribute to Will as well as the good work you are planning to do for others. We wish you well and look forward to seeing your mission evolve and succeed.


  • Anonymous


    Oct 12, 2018

    Sending love and support in memory of Will

  • Mary & Stephen Hinds

    Mary & Stephen Hinds

    Sep 30, 2018

    Anne and Peter--what a wonderful way to celebrate Will's life and the joy he brought. Love, Mary & Stephen


  • Jo


    Sep 24, 2018

    A lovely, kind & polite young man. Always in our thoughts. Thinking of you all. Keep up the strength and sharing your incredible knowledge. Love from us all.


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Peter Templeton

Peter Templeton

Cambridgeshire, UK

Peter works at the interface of Cambridge University research and its application by industry and governments. He led the University's knowledge transfer company IfM ECS for nearly 15 years. Peter will apply this experience to help guide the development of the proposed charity.

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