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Visitors pledge to reduce stigma of mental health at Norfolk Wellbeing Wednesday event

​Visitors to The Forum in Norwich were able to pledge to reduce the stigma associated with mental health at a wellbeing event today (Wednesday, 31 October).

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s Wellbeing Wednesday event saw members of the public learn about mental health and wellbeing.

The event featured the Lunch Punch, a stress-busting exercise session hosted by Norwich-based YouTube fitness gurus The Lean Machines, Zumba dancing taster classes and inspirational talks from television and radio presenter Helen McDermott and eating disorder charity ambassador Jamie Pye.

Visitors also had the chance to speak confidentially to mental health experts and discover healthy eating recipes.

Maggie Wheeler, Chair of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The event was a great way for us to engage with members of the public.

“Mental health still carries a degree of stigma, but events like this give us a great opportunity to explore awareness of mental health issues and public perceptions.”

Wellbeing Wednesday, which took place from 1pm to 7pm, aimed to raise awareness of mental health issues while attempting to remove some of the stigma associated with mental health.

The event at The Forum linked to a partner event which was held simultaneously at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich.