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Special events showcase help available to Suffolk carers

Three special carer events which aim to raise awareness of the help available to people who care for someone with a mental health problem are due to take place across Suffolk during the next two weeks.

Organised jointly by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Suffolk County Council (SCC), the sessions will give people the chance to find out more about their eligibility for carer’s assessments and support following the introduction of the Care Act. Resources such as the Trust’s Recovery College will also be showcased, as well as the help which is available from partner organisations such as Suffolk Family Carers.

The events will also give Trust and County Council staff the chance to explain more about the new carers’ lead roles introduced into its community teams, which will be trialled over the next 10 months to promote greater awareness and the support offered to carers in their caring roles.

Julia Wunderlich, Professional Advisor for Mental Health, said: “We have organised these three special events for anyone in Suffolk who is caring for an adult who is under the care of NSFT. We hope to raise awareness of the help available to them from our services and to inform them of their rights to assessments and support.

“This event is being jointly run with our partner organisations, which will be on hand to offer help and advice. Suffolk County Council will be discussing the hidden cost of caring and outlining the benefits which people could be eligible to claim.

“We would welcome the attendance of anyone of is caring for an adult with a mental health difficulties to come along to one of the sessions and find out more about what we can do to help.”

The events take place:

• Thursday, 3 December from 10.30am to 2.30pm at the Hyndman Centre, Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds
• Thursday, 10 December from 10.30am to 2.30pm at the Kirkley Centre, London Road South, Lowestoft
• Wednesday, 16 December from 1.30pm to 5pm at the Co-Op Education Centre, Fore Street, Ipswich

They are open to anyone who cares for an adult who is receiving services from NSFT, as well as service users, healthcare staff and partners.

For more information or to book a place, please email:  ​