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Special event to put men's mental health in the spotlight

Service users, carers, relatives, supporters and partners are being invited to find out more about men’s mental health during a special event arranged by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT). 

The Trust will host the men’s wellbeing and mental health awareness conference at Trinity Park in Ipswich Friday 13 July between 9.30am and 4pm. 

Open to anyone with an interest in men’s mental health, it will feature experts such as Dr Roger Kingerlee, NSFT Clinical Psychologist, and Dr John Barry (pictured), one of the founders of the Male Psychology Network, speaking about behavioural characteristics and how to tackle men’s mental health issues. 

It will also bring together a range of inspirational speakers with personal experience of mental ill health, including Richard Gorrod, an NSFT Service User Governor who has battled depression, and Neil Davies from the Recovery College. 

The event will also include carer’s stories and a veteran’s view, as well as discussions on tackling suicide, mental health from an LGBT perspective and how to engage men in mental healthcare. In addition, information will be available from other local organisations and groups which work to promote men’s wellbeing. 

The event has been organised as part of NSFT’s ongoing Men’s Wellbeing Project. The initiative, which was introduced in response to national statistics which show males are three times more likely to take their lives than women, encourages men to talk more openly about their emotions while promoting education and social inclusion. 

Gabriel Abotsie, Men’s Wellbeing Nursing Lead with NSFT, said: “We have organised this special event as part of our ongoing drive to improve men’s access to mental healthcare, challenge stereotypes and encourage men to ask for help when they need it. 

“We have invited a range of inspirational speakers to come along and talk about their own experiences, while a variety of different partner organisations will also be on hand to talk about their work and the range of support they offer. 

“The day is open to anyone with an interest in men’s mental health, including service users, carers, relatives, supporters, partners and mental health staff. We hope that as many people as possible will come along and get talking about mental health so that we can continue to reduce stigma while encouraging more men to develop strategies to help them cope during times of distress.” 

To book your place at the free event, click here​.

For more information about NSFT’s Men’s Wellbeing Project, visit ​