The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (PRA) began its life in Hackney in 1958 as a self-help organisation. It was formally registered in 1959 as a charity. In those days, there was no community care except for D.A.O's (Duly Authorised Officers). They were invariably appointed because of their size and carried warrants that enabled them to arrange with a psychiatrist for The Patient to be 'sectioned' and to convey him/her to hospital - against their will if need be. In this climate, what eventually became 'PRA' under the stewardship of John Wilder, held small group meetings with interested patients, relatives and a few professionals in Hackney. And so, slowly, the PRA as an organisation, emerged.
Over the years, PRA provided much needed support for hundreds of individuals on discharge from hospital. The services ranged from residential care, day centres, sheltered workshops, art studios and gallery, a shop, evening groups and an out-of-hours supper club.
PRA Services changed its name to The Centre for Better Health in 2010 and is now an established and recognised provider of a range of support services, social care and accommodation.
We work with individuals across the community with a range of needs, from those who need intensive support to those experiencing milder mental health issues. In doing this we aim to promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all.