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2023 Harrison's Fund Logo, Mental Health, Duchenne & Me

The First Duchenne
Mental Health Charity


We're here to bridge the gap between needing Mental Health support due to a devastating diagnosis and accessing the NHS services you and your family need.


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Why therapy

Mental health therapy can be immensely beneficial for families facing a Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) diagnosis. Coping with such a diagnosis can be emotionally overwhelming, and therapy offers a safe space for family members to express their feelings, fears, and concerns.

Through counselling and support, therapy can help families develop coping strategies, strengthen communication, and foster resilience during the challenging journey ahead. Moreover, it provides a platform to educate family members about DMD, its progression, and available resources, enabling them to make informed decisions for their loved one's care.

Overall, mental health therapy empowers families to navigate the complexities of DMD with a greater sense of understanding, unity, and emotional well-being.

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Our Work

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Mental Health Support


Our mental Health and Wellness Service

A Decade of Research

Our History Funding Medical Research

Team and Trustees\

Meet Our Team

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals are the backbone of Harrison's Fund. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.

Laura Priestly-Cooper, Head of Fundraising and Grnats at Harrison's Fund, Mental Health, Duchenne & Me

Laura Priestley-Cooper

Head of Fundraising and Grants

Experienced, trustworthy, driven and always fun. These are just a few of the ways that coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Laura is truly inspirational and makes it a pleasure to come to work.

Maxine Foster, Community Relationships Manager, Harrison's Fund, Mental Health, Duchenne & Me

Maxine Foster

Community Relationships Manager

An invaluable part of the Harrison's Fund team, Maxine is the first person many newly diagnosed families reach out to. Mum of Austin, who has duchenne she has witnessed firsthand the impact of Duchenne on the family. With extensive experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, Max now leads our Community Outreach Programme.

Alex Smith, CEO and Founder, Harrison's Fund, Mental Health, Duchenne & Me

Alex Smith

CEO and Founder

Inspired to start a Duchenne medical research charity after his eldest son Harrison was diagnosed in 2011, Alex has been a leader and voice in the the global Duchenne community for over a decade. Our redirection into Mental Health has been led by Alex and he brings drive, commitment and a determination for urgency to work every day.

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Get involved

Harrison Smith - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patient

About Duchenne

Harrison's Fund, Corporate Support Volunteering Group

Corporate support

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