Mental health wellbeing tour to come to Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay and Southwold areas

The tour will look at mental health wellbeing. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

The tour will look at mental health wellbeing. Photo: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos. - Credit: PA

People from across the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas will be able to get valuable advice about positive mental wellbeing at a tour taking help directly into communities.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), in partnership with a variety of local organisations, will be touring the districts between Monday, July 17 and Saturday, July 22 to promote wellbeing and reduce stigma around mental illness.

The Mental Wellbeing Roadshow will visit towns and villages each day to give trust staff and partner organisations the chance to connect with rural communities and listen to people's views.

The tour will focus on prevention and reaching people at an early stage so that they can be signposted to the right place for help.

It will also give people the chance to find out more about local sources of support as well as Improving Services Together, NSFT's strategy for service user and carer involvement which aims to place service users and carers at the heart of decision making.

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The tour will visit:

Monday, July 17: 10am to 12.30pm Martham GP Surgery; 1pm to 4pm foyer of James Paget University Hospital.

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Tuesday, July 18: 10am to 12.30pm Lathams of Potter Heigham; 1pm to 4pm High Street, Lowestoft.

Wednesday, July 19: 10am to 4pm market place, Great Yarmouth.

Thursday 20 July: 10am to 12.30pm market place, Bungay; 1pm to 4pm Co Op, Halesworth.

Friday, July 21: 10am to 12.30pm Sheep Gate, Beccles; 1pm to 4pm The Green, Southwold.

Saturday, July 22: 10am to 5pm Royal Green, Lowestoft.

Howard Tidman, a Senior Practitioner with Great Yarmouth Acute Services, has helped organise the event. He said: 'We have organised this tour to help us connect with the community and take information and advice directly to people in more rural areas, who can often find it difficult to visit our hubs and find out more about our services.

'It's a great chance for family members, friends and carers to find out more about the support which is available, chat to health professionals and share any anxieties or concerns they may have.

'By making mental health more visible within communities and by starting conversations with the public, we also hope to tackle stigma around mental health.

'We hope that lots of people will come along to meet us, find out more about good mental wellbeing and share their views and ideas with us.'

Joining NSFT and its Wellbeing Service will be staff from partner organisations including Feedback, Norfolk Carers, Healthwatch Norfolk, Healthwatch Suffolk, Norfolk Recovery Partnership, Mind and Suffolk Family Carers.

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