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Free event for young people dealing with mental health issues

​A free event is being held in Norfolk next month for young people dealing with mental health issues and their families, friends and carers.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is one of the six main partner organisations involved in "Pause for Wellbeing" at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life, near Dereham, on Saturday, 9 June.

The five others are Norfolk County Council's Children's Services, Norfolk Library and Information Service, YMCA, NHS Healthy Child Programme team and Norfolk Museums Service.

One of the organisers from NSFT is Howard Tidman, Senior Practitioner with Acute Services, who is based at Northgate Hospital, Great Yarmouth.

"Although the event is aimed primarily at 4-18 year olds, we will welcome parents with mental health issues, children aged 0-4, young adults and those who are interested generally in mental health and wellbeing," he said.

"Pause for Wellbeing will be fun, safe and supportive and as this will be a pilot event, we want to keep things flexible and see who attends – we will definitely not turn anyone away!"

He said NSFT staff would run a wellbeing stand where they will provide information and support to young people on issues such as anxiety and depression.

People wishing to attend Pause for Wellbeing do not need to book. There will be a "Welcome Area" at the museum where visitors will receive a warm welcome and will be able to pick up information about the event.

The day will include wellbeing workshops and opportunities to meet service providers and chat over a free cup of tea, coffee or squash.

The museum site will be open from 10am to 5pm. Drop-in activities will run from 10.30am to 12noon and from 1pm-2.30pm. Wellbeing workshops will be held at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

* For more information, contact either Katie Smith, Learning Officer, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum – 01362 869264 or – or Jan Pitman – 01362 869260 or

Caption: Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum of Norfolk Life

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