The formal objects of the HGF, as set out in its memorandum and articles of association, are as
Object 1: Research
"To promote research into the givens of human nature and how the health of persons suffering mental illness of any kind can be improved and to
publish the results of such research."
How? Particular emphasis will be placed on, but not limited to, understanding what happens when fundamental emotional needs are not met in
people and the consequent emotional arousal - anxiety, anger, depression, addictive behaviours and even psychotic behaviour - that leads to a
breakdown in normal functioning at home, at work and at school. We will encourage and train individuals in the human givens approach, particularly
in the mental health and education fields. Through our already established network of trained teachers and psychotherapists, we will continue to
research and publish our findings in the field in journals, within NHS and private hospitals, schools, and continue to give public seminars and
workshops covering topical mental health issues and the associated human givens approach to treatment. We will also liaise with research departments
in teaching hospitals and universities and with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to organise independent assessments of the
human givens approach.
Object 2: Alleviation of suffering
"The relief of persons suffering from mental illness by providing, or assisting in the provision of, facilities, equipment and/or services for
the care of persons suffering from mental illness of any description; to support projects aimed at improving mental health and/or the treatment of
How? To build, buy or lease suitable premises for a teaching hospital or hospitals to further our own research. To recruit and train suitable
therapists, administrative and other staff for the hospital(s), and to promote the concept that caring for people is best done by working with the
Object 3: Education
"To advance the education of the public in mental health care by the provision of lectures, fora, the publication of newsletters and other
means; to support projects aimed at improving children's education by including the human givens perspective."
How? Publish materials, participate in seminars and workshops, sponsor classrooms, increase awareness through the media, specifically the
national press and TV/radio, and work with headteachers, initially in private schools centred on disturbed, mentally ill or handicapped children.
LONGER TERM GOALS
All these prototype ventures will stand as examples of better ways of doing things. They will be monitored for effectiveness alongside conventional
approaches. Results of research into efficacy will be published for wider use.
To develop model schools and classrooms to teach children in alignment with the human givens;
To set up projects that encourage business and public institutions to be more practical, humane and effective by becoming imbued with human givens
To set up projects to work with addicts and criminals using the human givens approach.