Contact the press office

We welcome press enquiries on a broad range of subjects, not just those directly relating to mental health.

We are a unique NHS mental health trust, internationally-renowned for our specialist clinicians, who range from psychotherapists and psychologists to psychiatrists and social workers.

We are thought-leaders in our field, covering a very wide range of expertise, and employ many respected professionals who have extensive experience of working with the media: including television, radio, print and online. We are often the first port of call for journalists and media contacts looking for the opinion of a mental health expert and we welcome a wide-range of media enquiries.

Email: communications@tavi-port.nhs.uk

Tel.: 020 8938 2571

For urgent out of hours enquiries please contact Laure Thomas, Director of Marketing and Communications, on 07711805026.

Many of the media queries we receive involve our Gender Identity Development Service. Before contacting us about the service, please the info below to see if an answer to your question is already available.


Where can I get general background information about the service and gender identity?

We recently launched a website about our Gender Identity Development Service, which is home to information for young people, families, and professionals.


Can I have statistics on referrals to the service?

We publish referral figures broken down by year, and age of referral.


Can you provide a young person who uses your service for an interview / film project?

For appropriate projects we can look to provide interviews with our clinicians, but finding a case study of a young person considering/already transitioning is rare, especially for a filmed project.

In some cases, we may be able to assist with contacting a former user of the service, who can talk about their experiences retrospectively.

The recent Channel 4 documentary series ‘Kids on the Edge’ did feature current service users, but that was a special case where the producers worked with the Trust and the families for two years before filming.


I am making a film and already have agreement from a service user and their family to film with them. Can I film their appointments at the Trust?

This is unlikely. Even if the young person and their family are happy for their appointment to be filmed, their clinician may feel it is not appropriate.


Can I film an interview with a clinician about one of their patients?

Our clinicians can talk about their work generally and gender identity, but would not be able to discuss individual patients.


Can you provide an expert to fact check my text book / drama proposal / feature article?

We support raising awareness and increasing acceptance through education, a diversity of viewpoints, and provision of evidence based information.

We are happy to make our clinicians available to review texts for accuracy or to discussion background information about the service, but this depends on clinician availability, with support to our service users taking priority.

If we offer a clinician to review your text or assist with research, note that this does not imply endorsement of the work unless explicitly stated.

We welcome press enquiries on a broad range of subjects, not just those directly relating to mental health. We can offer comment on topics including:

  • adult, adolescent and child mental health
  • youth crime and gang culture
  • cyber-bullying and online safeguarding
  • eating disorders, body image disturbance and body dysmorphia
  • gender identity issues and gender dysphoria
  • social media/technology/computer game addiction
  • child protection/abuse and the social work system
  • learning disabilities such as autism
  • mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, suicide and self-harm
  • dealing with trauma including asylum, refugees, war, natural disaster, rape and murder
  • families and parenting, and couples therapy
  • sexual misconduct, including paedophilia and psychotherapeutic treatment
  • online pornography addiction
  • chronic mood disorders
  • complex medical conditions
  • our training and education services