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Mental Wellbeing Road Show takes to the road

​Towns and villages in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas will be visited this month by "The Mental Wellbeing Road Show".

The tour will take place every day between Monday, 16 July and Saturday, 21 July and will visit two places on most days, including Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Gorleston, and Beccles.

The road show is being led by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and is being supported by many other organisations. It will visit:


Monday, 16 July​10am-4pm   ​Shrublands Medical Centre, Gorleston
Tuesday, 17 July​10am-4pm ​Great Yarmouth Market Place, outside the Market Gates Shopping Centre
Wednesday, 18 July10am-12.30pm  ​The Village Centre, Ormesby St Margaret
​1pm-4pm ​Caister-on-Sea Library
Thursday, 19 July   ​10am-12.30pm  ​Market Place, Bungay
​1pm-4pm ​The Thoroughfare, Halesworth
Friday, 20 July​10am-12.30pmKing's Head, Beccles
1pm-4pm  ​South Green, Southwold
Saturday, 21 July​10am-4pm​Lowestoft Summer Festival, Royal Green


Howard Tidman, a Senior Practitioner with NSFT's Great Yarmouth Acute Services, said the aim of the road show was to "bring mental health services to the people."

He said: "There's an assumption that people are mobile but in our experience that is not always the case which is why we are so keen to get out into the community.

"The reality is that many people with mental health problems and their carers live on low incomes, do not have a car and have to rely on public transport which in some parts of Norfolk and Suffolk is either very poor or non-existent.

"For many, it's virtually impossible to get into Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft so we're going out to them.

"We're encouraging people to ask us questions and to share their stories with us. We'll be able to give them advice, hand out useful information and signpost them to the services that can best meet their individual needs."

Mr Tidman said the road show would also support the objectives of Time to Change, a mental health campaign in England launched in 2007 to reduce mental health-related stigma and discrimination.

The other organisations involved in the road show include Carers Matters Norfolk; Change, Grow, Live (CGL), Feedback, Healthwatch Norfolk, JobCentre Plus, Leeway, NSFT's Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney, Suffolk Family Carers, Turning Point and Voluntary Norfolk.

Everyone is welcome to drop in for information, advice or a chat.

Caption: Howard Tidman.

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