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Special event offers help and advice

​People looking after patients who have both mental health and substance misuse problems will be able to get specialist support and advice to help strengthen their caring role during a special event taking place in Ipswich.

The dual diagnosis carers forum has been organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), in partnership with Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk User Forum and Feedback, a service user forum.

Taking place on Friday 27 October at the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building, the event has been specifically designed for anyone who cares for someone with a substance misuse and mental health problem. It will feature talks from psychiatrists, psychologists, service providers and carers, who will use their own experiences to offer insight and advice.

The event will also feature a talk from Tony D'Agostino, who is one of the country’s experts on psychoactive substances, which are also known as legal highs.

Various organisations will also hold stalls at the event to explain more about the services and support available locally, while carers who attend will be able to try out free holistic therapies.

Howard Tidman, Carers' Lead with NSFT, has organised the event. He said: “Carers play a valuable, yet challenging role, and I believe it is important to offer them as much help and support as we can. This special event will do just that by giving people the chance to listen to expert advice which may help them overcome some of the challenges which caring for someone with a dual diagnosis brings.

“It has been specially designed for carers and will be informal and welcoming so that people can take the opportunity to get together, have a chat over a cup of tea and learn from each other’s experiences.

“I hope as many people as possible take the opportunity to come along and gain some valuable advice as well as finding out more about the support which is available locally.”

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which takes place between 10am and 4pm. For more information, please contact Howard on 07557 290169.

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