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Talking therapies conference

​Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Governors are hosting a free half-day conference, called ‘Talking therapies - paths to mental wellbeing' on Wednesday, 1 November 2017 in Ipswich.

Service users and their families, health and social care professionals and anyone with an interest in mental health are invited to this special event which will explore talking therapies for common mental health problems.

The aim is to bring together useful information on a wide range of interventions and support for people who have mild to moderate mental health problems. The afternoon will include live demonstrations of some of the therapies available with people who have used therapy services talking about their experiences.

It follows the success of similar events organised by the Trust’s Governors in Ipswich and Norwich over the past two years, which focused on a variety of topics including dementia, and the complex needs of people who have mental health problems and use substances.

There will be a variety of speakers from NSFT and partner organisations MTCIC and Relate who will explore:
• Common mental health problems
• Access to and outcomes of therapies
• Effective methods of stress control
• Cognitive behavioural therapy and interpersonal therapy in practice
• Counselling for depression and couples counselling
• Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing for post-traumatic stress disorder

Nigel Boldero, an NSFT Governor who has been involved in planning the conference, said: “Common mental health problems are just that, common! They touch many people’s lives, but the complexities of accessing help means that it is not always clear what therapies are available or what benefit they can provide. NSFT’s Wellbeing services and those offered by partner organisations improve access to psychological therapies and focus on reducing anxiety, stress and low mood, and strengthening community wellbeing. 

“This event gives people the chance to see demonstrations of the types of therapy on offer and hear first-hand the experiences of those receiving it, with plenty of chances to get involved and ask questions. 

“It also provides a great opportunity for people wanting to find out about Trust membership and for existing members to engage with the Trust’s Governors.”
“We hope as many people as possible will join us for what promises to be a really enlightening, engaging and interactive afternoon.”


The event coincides with an appeal by the Trust for local people with an interest in mental health to consider standing for election as a Governor and help drive through further improvements on behalf of service users.

Talking therapies – paths to mental wellbeing, takes place on Wednesday, 1 November at Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW, between 12.45pm and 4.30pm.

Anyone who would like to attend should book their place in advance by visiting:

To find out more about becoming a Governor, visit

For further information, please call 01603 421144

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