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Be mindful during Mental Health Awareness Week

People who are recovering from depression or anxiety disorders are being encouraged to give their mental wellbeing a boost by taking part in a taster session looking at the benefits of mindfulness.

Norfolk and Suffolk Wellbeing Services, which are run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, are offering people the chance to join a session during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from May 11 to 17, and this year has the theme of mindfulness.

The taster sessions will give people the chance to find out more about the therapy, which concentrates on focusing the mind. They will take place in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and King's Lynn and are open to anyone who is over 16 years old and recovering from an anxiety disorder or depression.

Mindfulness therapies help people to focus their minds and understand that negative thoughts may come and go. Its aim is to help people concentrate on the present, recognise any early warning signs of depression and respond to them in ways that did not trigger further reoccurrences.

As well as public taster sessions, the Trust's Wellbeing Services have run sessions in workplaces across both counties, as well as bespoke courses for carers and new parents. In addition, the teams are developing a new mindfulness-based CBT course for people with long term physical health conditions such as chronic pain and respiratory problems.

The Wellbeing Services also run eight-week mindfulness-based cognitive behaviour therapy courses, which people can access following assessment to check their suitability and make sure they would benefit from the training.

Nettie Burns, Locality Manager of Suffolk Wellbeing Service, said: "We are pleased that mindfulness has been chosen as the theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week, and hope it will raise its profile and encourage more people to find out about the benefits it could bring them.

"We have been offering mindfulness courses for some time and the feedback we have received from those attending has been very positive. We would encourage anyone who is recovering from depression or anxiety to come along to one of the sessions taking place next week and see how this way of thinking could help."

The taster sessions taking place during Mental Health Awareness week are:

• Monday 11 May – Providence Street Community Centre, King's Lynn – 6pm – 7.30pm
• Wednesday 13 May – Mariner House, Ipswich – 2.30pm – 4pm.
• Thursday 14 May – Hyndman Centre, Bury St Edmunds – 3pm – 4.30pm

People living in Suffolk should call 0300 123 1781 to book a place, and people in Norfolk can ring 0300 123 1503.

For more information about the wellbeing service, visit  

Further taster sessions will take place throughout May and June. They are:

Mariner House, Ipswich:

• Wednesday 20 May, 2.30pm – 4pm
• Wednesday 10 June, 2.30pm – 4pm
• Wednesday 24 June, 2.30pm – 4pm

Hyndman Centre, Bury St Edmunds:

• Thursday 21 May, 3pm – 4.30pm
• Thursday 11 June, 3pm – 4.30pm
• Thursday 25 June, 3pm – 4.30pm

City College, Norwich:

• Thursday 21 May, 6.30pm – 8pm
• Thursday 4 June, 6.30pm – 8pm
• Thursday 18 June, 6.30pm – 8pm

Providence Street Community Centre, King's Lynn:

• Monday 15 June, 6pm – 7.30pm (please check at  before attending)

People who live in Suffolk should call 0300 123 1781 to book a place. For Norfolk courses, just drop in or call 0300 123 1503 to book. ​