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Special tour takes valuable advice direct to rural communities

​People from across Great Yarmouth and Waveney will be able to get valuable advice about positive mental wellbeing at a special tour taking help directly into the community.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), in partnership with a variety of other local organisations, will be touring the area between Monday 17 and Saturday 22 July to promote wellbeing and reduce stigma around mental illness.

The ‘Mental Wellbeing Roadshow’ will visit two towns and villages each day to give Trust staff and partner organisations the chance to connect with rural communities and listen to people’s views.

The tour will focus on prevention and reaching people at an early stage so that they can be signposted to the right place for help. It will also give people the chance to find out more about local sources of support as well as Improving Services Together, NSFT’s strategy for service user and carer involvement which aims to place service users and carers at the heart of decision making.

Howard Tidman, a Senior Practitioner with Great Yarmouth Acute Services, has helped organise the event. He said: “We have organised this tour to help us connect with the community and take information and advice directly to people in more rural areas, who can often find it difficult to visit our hubs and find out more about our services.

“It’s a great chance for family members, friends and carers to find out more about the support which is available, chat to health professionals and share any anxieties or concerns they may have.

“By making mental health more visible within communities and by starting conversations with the public, we also hope to tackle stigma around mental health.

“We hope that lots of people will come along to meet us, find out more about good mental wellbeing and share their views and ideas with us.”

The tour will visit:
• Monday 17 July:
o 10am to 12.30pm – Martham GP Surgery
o 1pm to 4pm – Foyer, James Paget University Hospital

• Tuesday 18 July:
o 10am to 12.30pm – Lathams of Potter Heigham
o 1pm to 4pm – High Street, Lowestoft

• Wednesday 19 July:
o 10am to 4pm – Market, Great Yarmouth

• Thursday 20 July:
o 10am to 12.30pm – Market Place, Bungay
o 1pm to 4pm – Co Op, Halesworth

• Friday 21 July:
o 10am to 12.30pm – Sheep Gate, Beccles
o 1pm to 4pm – The Green, Southwold

• Saturday 22 July:
o 10am to 5pm – Royal Green, Lowestoft

Joining NSFT and its Wellbeing Service will be staff from partner organisations including Feedback, Norfolk Carers, Healthwatch Norfolk, Healthwatch Suffolk, Norfolk Recovery Partnership, Mind and Suffolk Family Carers.

Everyone is welcome to drop in for information, advice or a chat.

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