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Carers forum to host influential line-up of speakers

A carers forum orgainsed by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust returns to The City Academy in Norwich on 31 October.

The forum's line up of guest speakers includes Lady Dannatt, psychiatrist and author Russell Razzaque, Carers Trust national lead, Ruth Hannan and Norwich South MP Simon Wright.

Lady Dannatt, the wife of General Sir Richard Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff, earlier this year praised the Trust's staff and vowed to help break down the stigma attached to mental illness, while Dr Razzaque’s book, Breaking Down Is Waking Up, offers new insights into mental distress and spiritual awakening.

The forum, which will also include debates, keynote speeches, service user stories and 17 Trust and voluntary organisation stalls, has been organised in conjunction with the Carers Agency Partnership.

Charge Nurse and organiser, Howard Tidman, said: "We are extremely honoured to have such a notable, esteemed and influential group of speakers at this year’s forum.

"We hold a carers forum in each of the Trust’s five localities each year and this year's Norwich event promises to be one of the best we have seen. We have been very lucky that so many influential speakers have been able to attend all at one time."

Subjects to be covered will include diagnosis and the use labelling in psychiatry, spiritual release in psychiatry, getting the best from mental health medication and first person service user experiences.

Howard added: "We also have Ruth Hannan, the national lead for the Carers Trust delivering a talk about the Triangle of Care, which our Trust has recently become a member of. We are very much looking forward to the event."

The Wellbeing Service will also be hosting an information stall at the event, along with 16 other organisations including Mind, Crossroads East Anglia, Red Cross, ImRoc/Peer Support and Young Adult Carers. Lunch will be provided free and there will also be free holistic therapies including a nail bar and First Aid courses.

For more information, contact Howard Tidman 07899 846981 or Tiffany 01603 421370. Alternatively, click here for the full agenda.​