About The Retreat

About The Retreat

The Retreat is a specialist mental health care provider, working with the NHS to provide care for people with complex and challenging needs.

The Retreat was founded in 1792 by William Tuke, a Yorkshire Quaker, and opened in 1796. It remains to this day a Quaker organisation. It has the distinction of having been the first establishment in England where mental illness was regarded as something from which a person could recover, and patients were treated with sympathy, respect and dignity. The Retreat had a profound influence on public opinion, resulting ultimately in fundamental reform of the laws relating to mental illness and its treatment.

The present day Retreat seeks to retain the original principles behind the early moral treatment practised here, whilst being responsive to what is best in latest clinical expertise and practice.

We provide modern healthcare, based on traditional values.

In recent years The Retreat formed a partnership with the Disabilities Trust to create York House within the grounds of The Retreat. This 28-bedded unit provides an intensive neurobehavioural assessment and rehabilitation service for individuals with severe cognitive, physical and/or emotional problems following acquired brain injury.

In February 2009 Northern Pathways opened Garrow House, a 12-bedded unit in the grounds of The Retreat. This new service is being commissioned by Local Health Trusts across Yorkshire and The Humber and is for women with complex needs who are presently in low or medium secure services who want to move forward in their recovery and require support to do so. Northern Pathways is a joint venture between The Retreat and Turning Point and unites both organisations’ commitment to addressing an individual’s need, rather than making individuals fit into existing services.