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Trust conference to examine Criminal Justice and Mental Health

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is to host a free conference on September 19, examining how the Trust, police, courts, prisons and voluntary organisations can work better together for the benefit of those with mental health issues.

The Criminal Justice and Mental Health conference will be held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, and will cover the challenges and opportunities facing all of the organisations and agencies involved in dealing with criminal justice and mental health.

The half-day event (12.30-5pm), has been organised by the Trust's Board of Governors with the support of both Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies. It is open to the public, voluntary and statutory agency workers, service users and carers.

It is the second event the Trust has organised, following one in March at The Garage in Norwich, which focused on policing, the ambulance service and mental health, and was attended by 100 people.

The Criminal Justice and Mental Health event in Ipswich will involve speakers including members of the police, mental health professionals, service users, forensic psychiatrists, service users and family carers.

Gary Page, Chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our Trust already has experience in many areas including working in police stations, prisons and courts, as well as helping to pioneer schemes such as placing mental health workers in police control rooms and going on patrol with officers.

"The event will bring together all the agencies involved in helping to provide the best service possible for people with mental health issues and in doing so, keeping them safe if they come into contact with the law."

Guenever Pachent, the Trust's Lead Governor, added: "Governors know from their work that this is an important topic for local people. We're organising this event so that people can learn more about these initiatives and can have the opportunity to give their views and ask questions."

The event will cover:

• What happens when someone with mental health needs gets into difficulty with the law
• How do police, courts, prisons, voluntary organisations and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust all work together.
• What are the new initiatives that are improving outcomes for everyone

As 75 of the 150 seats have been filled, booking is advisable by visiting emailing or calling 01603 421468. ​