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First Carers Forum held in west Suffolk to discuss mental health

​Those caring for someone with a mental health condition are invited to attend the first Carers Forum to be held in west Suffolk.

Organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Suffolk Family Carers, the Carers Forum covers various issues affecting those with mental illness and those who care for them.

The Carers Forum will be held on Friday 5 July, 10am – 5pm at Leonardo House, West Suffolk College, Out Risby Gate, Bury St Edmonds, IP33 3RL. The event is free to attend and there is no need to book in advance.

Attendees will hear guest speakers from the Trust and other organisations on topics including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-harm, substance misuse, mental health medication, home care and attachment in caring relationships.

The forum also creates a platform for people to share their own personal experiences of mental health, with service users and carers talking about their journey with an eating disorder and what it is like to care for a loved one with dementia.

Complementing the talks will a number of stalls manned by various Trust departments, voluntary groups and charities including Trust Alcohol & Drugs (TADS), Suffolk Carers and MIND, who will be able to explain the services they provide and how to access them.

In addition, the day will also offer free taster session in holistic therapies such as reiki and reflexology.

The Carers Forums are open to service users and any members of the public who are interested in mental health issues, as well as professionals who wish to network with others in their field.

The Trust has organised Carers Forums throughout Norfolk and Suffolk, but this is the first
one to be organised in west Suffolk.

For further information about the forum or to view the agenda please visit Alternatively please contact Howard Tidman on 07899 846 981 or Louise Marks on 01473 835400, or email