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Special psychosis forum helps showcase support
24/10/2017

​Anyone with psychosis or who cares for someone who has experienced the condition has been invited to a special forum to hear from world renowned experts and find out more about the support which is available locally.

Hearing Voices, which takes place in Norwich on Friday 10 November, will give anyone with an interest in psychosis the chance to listen to talks from psychiatrists and psychologists. It will be one of the largest Hearing Voices events in the country, and is the first to be organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with Carers Matter Norfolk.

Speakers include Sir Robin Murray, a Professor of Psychiatric Research at King’s College London, who will discuss the latest research, and Katie Mottram, a renowned speaker on psychosis who, along with others, will look at alternative ways of coping with the illness. NSFT’s new Perinatal Outreach Team will also speak about postpartum psychosis, which can cause severe symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions in new mothers.

The event will specifically focus on why people hear voices and what can be done to help, and will explore subjects such as spirituality and psychosis, medication and a recent PPiP study, which is examining whether some psychosis can be caused by immune response. It will also debate whether some traditional views should be challenged, such as banning the word “schizophrenia”.

People with lived experience of mental ill health will also share their stories, while anyone who comes along will be given the chance to try a variety of holistic therapies.

Howard Tidman, a Carer’s Lead with NSFT, said: “Hearing Voices will give anyone with experience of mental ill health, their carers and healthcare professionals the opportunity to hear from expert speakers and find out more about the support which is available locally. We will also be challenging some existing preconceptions, while Sir Robin will be talking about the latest research into this condition.

“A range of partner organisations will hold stalls showcasing their services, while we will also be offering people the chance to relax and enjoy some free holistic therapies.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to come along, meet others facing similar challenges and gain some valuable help and advice.”

Kevin Vaughan, Service Manager with Carers Matter Norfolk, said: “We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with NSFT and look forward to welcoming carers to this important event.

“Hearing Voices will provide unpaid carers with vital information and advice, while also demonstrating NSFT’s commitment to supporting carers.”

Hearing Voices takes place at the King’s Centre in King’s Street, Norwich between 10am and 4pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to book a place.

For more information, please contact Howard on 07557 290169 or email howard.tidman@nsft.nhs.uk, or Kevin at kevin.vaughan@carersmatternorfolk.org

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk