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Clarke Carlisle


As a professional footballer for 17 years, the last 13 of those whilst suffering with Complex Depressive Disorder, I encountered many social and personal difficulties. The combination of an undiagnosed illness and being emotionally illiterate, meant I developed coping strategies that were totally destructive and compounded my depression.

The consequence of this was that, whilst being extremely successful in my profession, I lived a duplicitous life of external lauding and internal loathing, a quite disgusting concoction. It was only after 2 suicide attempts that I was admitted to psychiatric hospital, where I finally received an accurate diagnosis. My recovery is on-going, “Small Steps” being my and the charity’s motto, and it is with increasing self-awareness that I am able to manage my illness and not allow it to manage me.

I have subsequently set up the Clarke Carlisle Foundation for Dual Diagnosis foundation in order to fund a purpose built Dual Diagnosis treatment facility. Such a facility doesn’t exist as of today, in the WORLD! The NHS system, as energetic as it is, still asks sufferers to choose which condition to treat first, even though they know that independent treatment is utterly futile. We have a 4 year plan that culminates in the opening of this facility, which will revolutionise the blueprint for Mental Health care in general.

In tandem with this, we are developing a system that will give instant access to talking therapies. This will totally eliminate the waiting time that is currently imposed on the population, and hopefully alleviate the burden on crisis centres and the NHS services.

Dual Diagnosis

Dual Diagnosis


Dual diagnosis usually refers to a co-existing (co-occurring) substance misuse and mental health disorder. This specific definition applies in relation to the proposed service – NICE GUIDELINES 30th November 2016.

It may also be used to describe a number of comorbidities including physical health problems. This definition is outside the brief of the proposed service. However, additional co-existing problems to the above definition, including physical ones, do not rule out an assessment in the first instance, with a view of acceptance into the service, provided the physical health problems have been treated and stable.

In the UK social care section, dual diagnosis is sometimes used for people who have both learning difficulties and a mental illness. This definition is outside the brief of the proposed service. However, if borderline/mild learning difficulties are present, on top and above the substance misuse/mental health disorder, an assessment should be considered.

Recently the World Health Organisation ICD10 version 16 and the American DSM 5, both have recognised co-existing substance misuse and mental health disorder concept.

The Objective

The Objectives


This facility will change the face of mental health care. A person with Dual Diagnoses requires a treatment programme that addresses both issues simultaneously.

The current system requires the sufferer to choose which issue is their “primary” issue, and treat that one first. This approach is proven to be counter productive, and only serves to compound the issue that isn’t being treated. The perfect system to treat DD patients is by having all services, professionals and resources in one facility. In order to facilitate a full and comprehensive rehabilitation, a BioPsychoSocial model needs to be applied, which enables a “whole life” approach to the illness.

Furthermore, the facility itself will not look like any “treatment” centre that you have seen before. Even the ‘new’ facilities that are being built are based on the centuries old vision of the sanitarium. Such pre-packaged notions immediately induce negative and inflammatory responses from those who are there to try and get better. We have teamed up with Architectonicus on this, themselves leading the way in transforming the care space for dementia sufferers. This project is set for 4-8 years from the launch event of the charity, obviously dependent on the level of fundraising that we achieve.



The short-term project, and the one that I believe will be more beneficial to mass society, is our web-based application. This app is going to revolutionise the whole screening/signposting process, and will introduce the “One-Click Counsellor”, giving any person INSTANT access to professional, qualified talking therapy. It will be ground-breaking. The first version will be targeted towards sportsmen and women. It will be developed in consultation with elite athletes in order to identify the specific language, images and scenarios that resonate with them in their lives. With this information we can create a bespoke App for the industry that is relevant and impactful, with signposts to support networks that are specific to the user both demographically and geographically.

It will also give us a test sample of the number of counsellors needed to upscale the project and deliver to wider industries and, ultimately, the general population. We have joined with Attigo developers to create the app, and Dr Yasir Abbasi is the clinical lead, in consultation with Dr. Amal Beaini, both specialists in the field of Psychiatry and Dual Diagnosis. Phase 1 of this project is set for completion by 30th June, which will result in a beta version of the app ready to trial.

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