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Forum offers a helping hand to carers

Anyone caring for someone with a mental health difficulty in the Lowestoft area is being invited to a special forum which will shine a spotlight on depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as showcasing the support and benefits which are available.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) has organised the carers’ forum, which takes place at the Kirkley Centre, Lowestoft, on Friday, 11 March, in partnership with Suffolk Family Carers and Feedback.

The free, day-long event will feature presentations from guest speakers looking at common conditions such as depression, anxiety and OCD, as well as the things carers can do to help the people they are looking after.

A ‘one stop shop’ where people can get benefits advice will be available, while a range of different services will host stalls.

In addition, the event will raise awareness of the help and support available to carers while giving them the chance to relax and enjoy some free holistic therapies.

Howard Tidman, who works for NSFT’s crisis team and has organised the event, said: “We would encourage anyone who cares for someone with a mental health difficulty in Lowestoft and the surrounding areas to come along to this special event.

“It will give them the chance to listen to expert advice as well as find out what support is available to them. They can try out some free holistic therapies, and talk to a wide variety of local organisations about the help which they provide.

“The day will also give carers the chance to meet others who may be facing similar challenges as they carry out their vital caring role.”

The forum takes place at the Kirkley Centre, on London Road South, Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ, between 10am and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.​