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Loan out expertise from our human library
04/05/2017

​People with mental health issues and their carers can gain vital first-hand knowledge and advice from people with lived experience during a special “human library” event taking place in Great Yarmouth on Friday.


The mini forum has been organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Feedback and Norfolk Library Service, and gives people the chance to “loan out” the expertise of others by talking to “human books” about their experiences.
Doctors and ‘experts by experience’ will also give talks, while local organisations will hold stalls showcasing the support which they offer.


The event takes place during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 14 May. Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s event focuses on “surviving or thriving”, and looks at the steps individuals can take to look after their mental health and build resilience to cope with the demands of life.


Howard Tidman, Carers’ Lead with NSFT, said: “We hope that as many people as possible will come along to our human library and benefit from the expert knowledge of our ‘human books’, who all have first-hand experience of living with mental ill health either as service users or carers.


“The afternoon will be packed full of information and advice and has been arranged to tie in with Mental Health Awareness Week. We hope it will give people the perfect opportunity to find out more about mental health and wellbeing.”


The event takes place on Friday (12 May) between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at The Library, Toll House Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2SH. Everyone is welcome and there is no need to book.


For more information, contact Howard Tidman, NSFT Carers’ Lead, on 07557 290169 or howard.tidman@nsft.nhs.uk or Kevin Vaughan, Development Manager with Feedback, on 07747 777243 or kevin@feedbackhealth.uk.