What is Nidotherapy?

Nidotherapy (first two syllables rhyme with ‘Fido’) is devoted to changing the environment in all its forms so a better fit is established between a person and every aspect of their surroundings.  In this context environment refers not only to the physical environment – where you live and work – but also the social and personal environment, so covers every aspect of your interaction with your surroundings.  Although we have been aware of the importance of environment and its effect on mental health for many years we have not examined it systematically in the scientific sense and worked out which are its important elements and which might be cast aside.  This website is a start in this process and we would like it to be an interactive one in which everybody could contribute.  We would therefore encourage you to contact us with suggestions of how the website could be improved and made more comprehensive.

Nidotherapy is a new concept in mental health. For years we have laboured under the happy notion that with humanity, determination and a little science, we could correct all the disabilities and handicaps associated with psychiatric disorder. But we have over-reached ourselves. A large number of mental disorders are labeled ‘chronic’, as health professionals have very little impact on their symptoms and course. Nidotherapy can be an asset to many people, but the ones who may have most to gain are those who have become stuck in the mental health system, and have been fooled by the word ‘recovery’ into thinking that by receiving more and more of the treatments that have failed they will remarkably get completely better.

Although  we all take notice of the environment in mental health, we seldom go about systematically analyzing it and changing it to fit the person in a highly personal and specific way.  Once we do this and hit the right environmental changes all aspects of mental health are improved. These changes, and how they are brought about, are the focus of nidotherapy and should give optimism to both practitioners and patients, many of whom who have been close to abandoning hope.


For those who are interested in being trained or knowing more about nidotherapy in practice the Nidotherapy Workshops section of the website is the place to visit.  These Workshops are held annually.

Nidotherapy Workshop February 2012

Developments in Nidotherapy

For those who want to find out how nidotherapy is developing nationally and internationally should take a look out our News and Research pages.


The Nidopathways section of the site devoted to people engaged in nidotherapy who want to use the website to promote their preferred environmental changes and what they have to offer.

The section on Operettas may appear out of place here but in practice is not.  Drama, acting and singing are ideal for bringing senior academics, health professionals, carers and people with every sort of mental illness down to a common level where labels, status, experience and knowledge no longer matter and people can be what they are. They are great facilitators of nidotherapy, but, more importantly, tremendous fun.

NIDUS-UK, The Charity for Nidotherapy

NIDUS-UK is our nidotherapy charity and is based in Newark in Nottinghamshire.  A great deal is going on in the town to make nidotherapy a community enterprise shared by many.  Look at Nidotherapy in Newark to learn more.

The work of the charity is devoted to the development of nidotherapy and improved treatments in mental health across the globe.  Its Charity Number is 1154650 and its details and Trustees can be found here.

If you wish to make a donation to NIDUS-UK you can pay by BACS to the Cooperative Bank (sort code 089299, account number 65672745). If you would like to specify the main area of work for your donation please write to us at The Poplars, Hawton, Newark, Notts NG24 3RL and we will reply.  All donations will go to active projects as we have minimal overheads.