A ‘Carers’ Forum’ is to be held on 25 May in Lowestoft, following the success of a similar event especially for carers held last year.
Taking place at the Aspire Centre, Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, the event has been organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with local mental health charity Feedback.
Local MP Peter Aldous, Lowestoft Mayor Todd Sullivan and Barry Capon a non-executive director of the Trust will open the event at 10.15am.
Throughout the day carers’ will have the opportunity to take advice from the Trusts’ pharmacy department about prescribed medication and local charities will be on hand to offer help and advice on finances. They will also be able to sample some holistic therapies including reflexology and Indian head massage for some well earned respite.
The Trust have also organised psychiatrists, a mental health act solicitor and their own expert on personality disorders Karen Mitchell, who works in the forensic team to speak throughout the afternoon.
The event, which coincides with Dementia Awareness Week, will also host the first public showing of short film “Remember Me”, which follows the experiences of dementia sufferers and their families.
Howard Tidman, Carers Lead for Acute services in Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “Feedback from last year’s event was excellent with around 40 carers attending. Everyone commented on how useful they found the opportunity to ask questions specific to them and meet others caring for relatives. I sincerely hope we see even more carers attend this year who can take advantage of their chance to speak to experts about mental health conditions and meet others with a shared experience.”