The Pringle family
Are you wondering why our member awards are called the Pringles? Would you like to know more about who Bill Pringle was? Learn about the legacy of the Pringle Family.
In May 1970 John Pringle wrote a letter to The Times about his son’s schizophrenia, detailing the difficulty in receiving treatment and the effect on the family.
Read John Pringle’s letter
The letter provoked a huge response from other people, who recognised the descriptions in John Pringle’s letter in their own experiences of caring for someone with schizophrenia.
A group of people began meeting up, sharing experiences and offering each other support, and in 1972 the Schizophrenia Fellowship launched, which in 1974 became the National Schizophrenia Fellowship (NSF). Ultimately we became Rethink Mental Illness, reflecting our work across all mental health issues.
Read about Ernestine Adams, our first member.
Bill Pringle was John Pringle’s son. He had schizophrenia and was also very creative and a published poet. The art and poetry awards are a way of acknowledging his legacy and celebrating the creativity of Rethink Mental Illness supporters.