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Events in Ipswich to mark World Mental Health Day
08/10/2018

World Mental Health Day - 10 October 

People from across Suffolk are being invited to take part in arts and crafts and find out more about the services provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) to help them safeguard their wellbeing at two events on Wednesday (10 October).

Staff from Wellbeing Suffolk, which is run by NSFT, will be on hand in Ipswich Jobcentre Plus, in Silent Street, between 9.30am and 12.30pm, where they will hold an arts and craft session designed to promote wellbeing.

They will then move to the train station, where they will talk to passengers between 1.30pm and 6.30pm about the support they provide for common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress.

The events have been organised to mark World Mental Health Day, which is arranged by the World Health Organisation and takes place annually on 10 October. Designed to raise awareness of the importance of looking after mental wellbeing, this year’s event carries the theme “Young people and mental health in a changing world”.

Wellbeing Suffolk was set up in 2016 and provides a range of holistic, tailored services for both children and adults to support their emotional wellbeing, such as talking therapies, workshops, group sessions and one-to-one help. It aims to provide accessible, responsive help before people’s problems become too great.

The service is provided by NSFT in partnership with a variety of community and third sector organisations, including Suffolk Family Carers, Relate, VoiceAbility, Shaw Trust, MTCIC and 4YP.

Sharon Lee, Wellbeing Social Lead, said: “We have supported thousands of people of all ages since Wellbeing Suffolk was set up two years ago, helping them overcome conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress, get back to work and lead a fulfilling life.

“We would encourage anyone who would like to know more about the services we provide to drop into the job centre or station on Wednesday and find out how we can support you to lead a productive and enjoyable life."

Anyone aged 16 or over can self-refer to Wellbeing Suffolk by calling 0300 123 1503 or visiting www.wellbeingnands.co.uk Those aged 15 or under should contact their GP or another health or social care professional who can support a referral.

Caption: Wellbeing Suffolk celebrated its first birthday in October last year.

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk