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New Wellbeing service showcased at special taster sessions
21/08/2015

People living in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney area will be given the chance to find out more about the specialist support available to help them overcome anxiety, stress or depression at a series of ‘Introduction to Wellbeing’ sessions taking place this autumn.

The fortnightly sessions will take place in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft to showcase Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) new Wellbeing Service, which launches across Norfolk and Waveney on 1 September.

They are designed to give people who could benefit from the service an insight into the help which will be available, which includes courses and workshops, counselling, cognitive behaviour therapy, social events and help to access community support.

The Introduction to Wellbeing sessions have been running across the rest of the county for some time and have been arranged in Great Yarmouth and Waveney as part of a new-look service for the area. Its aim is to treat patients as early as possible within GP practices or community settings, providing support near to where they live and before their problems become too great.

Around ten additional counsellors and peer support workers have been recruited to work in in Great Yarmouth and Waveney so that more people can benefit from the service, which is being delivered in partnership with Mind and Relate.

Jon Moyce, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with NSFT, said: “The new-look service has fantastic potential to reach thousands of people every year. It will be tailored to meet local needs and will include help for those with anxiety, low mood and depression.

“Our therapists will link up with GP surgeries so that they can offer convenient appointments which are easy for people to access and close to their homes. We will also deliver a variety of workshops and classes so that we can help people at any early stage before their issues become more serious.

“We are really looking forward to launching the service at the start of September and would encourage anyone who feels they may benefit to speak to their GP and ask for a referral, self-refer via the telephone or internet or turn up at one of our Introduction to Wellbeing sessions so that they can find out more about the help which is available.”

The Introduction to Wellbeing sessions will take place every two weeks starting at Great Yarmouth Library on 9 September and Lowestoft Library on 16 September. They begin at 10.30am and last for two hours. Places at the Lowestoft sessions are limited, so anyone who would like to attend must book ahead by calling the service on 0300 123 1503.

For more information on the service and a full list of Introduction to Wellbeing sessions taking place across Norfolk and Waveney, visit www.wellbeingnandw.co.uk