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Special event makes difficult conversations easier

Health and social care professionals, service users and family carers, and anyone with an interest in children and young people’s mental health will be given a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and explore ways to further improve services at a special event taking place later this month.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Governors will host the half-day conference, called 'Difficult conversations – children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing', at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich on Friday, 30 October.

During the afternoon, speakers will cover topics such as attachment theory and the importance of developing strong relationships in the early years, as well as national initiatives, such as the work of the mental health taskforce.

NSFT’s health professionals and partner organisations will discuss current services and showcase new developments, while service users and carers will share their experiences of accessing care.

Guenever Pachent, Lead Governor with NSFT, said: “We hope that this event will give Trust members, service users and their families, health and social care professionals and anyone with an interest in youth mental health the chance to find out more about initiatives which are taking place both locally and nationally.

“During the afternoon, we will emphasise the importance of listening and young people and their families will be sharing their stories. We will also be encouraging the Trust and its partners to work together more closely to deliver better services while turning the spotlight on areas of good practice already in place.

“We hope as many people as possible will join us for the afternoon at what promises to be a fascinating and enlightening event.”

The event takes place on Friday, 30 October between 12.30pm and 5pm in the main auditorium at University College Suffolk’s Waterfront Building in Ipswich.

Anyone with an interest in young people’s mental health is welcome to attend, and can book their place online at:  ​