The Philadelphia Association was founded in 1965 by RD Laing and others to challenge accepted ways of understanding and treating mental and emotional suffering.
We continue to hold the values which brought our founders together, above all:
- A recognition and respect for the individuality of each person.
- A belief in the value of ordinary ways of living and being together.
- A scepticism towards ways of thinking that are too often taken for granted.
- A commitment to conversation as a way of articulating what disturbs people.
We believe in the value of community as a way out of isolation and despair and as a way of fostering dignity, responsibility and greater autonomy.