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Turning the spotlight on mental health services for young people

Carers who are looking after young people experiencing mental health problems can get a wealth of help, support, practical advice and expert insight at a special forum taking place in Norwich on Friday, 25 September.

The day-long event has been organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with Norfolk Carers Support, and will feature talks from health professionals from the Trust and experts from the Mancroft Advice Project.

A wide range of subjects will be covered during the day, including eating disorders, anxiety and depression in young people, ADHD and autism, drugs and alcohol and the importance of early intervention in psychosis.

Voluntary groups will also be on hand to offer support, while carers will be able to enjoy some free holistic therapies.

Although the day has been arranged primarily for carers, anyone with an interest in youth mental health is welcome to attend, including health professionals, students and young people themselves.

Howard Tidman, who works for the Trust's crisis team, has organised the event. He said: “We have arranged this day for anyone who is caring for a young person with mental health difficulties, as well as health professionals, students and anyone else with an interest.

“A wide range of subjects will be covered, including those which can cause significant issues for young people such as depression, eating disorders and drugs and alcohol.

“We want the day to be informal and welcoming while giving people the chance to get together, chat and share their own experiences.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in young people’s mental health to come along, get some practical advice and find out more about the help and support which is available.”

The forum runs from 10am to 3pm at the King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich, and is open to everyone.