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Waveney MP Peter Aldous to open Lowestoft mental health forum

A carers forum for those with experiences of mental health issues will be opened by Waveney MP Peter Aldous on 6 February, 10am-4pm.

The event, to be held in Lowestoft's Aspire Centre, has been organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Feedback, Suffolk Family Carers and CAP (Carers Agency Partnership).

People experiencing mental health issues and their carers will be able to receive help and advice from consultants, nurses and therapists, as well as a number of organisations including the Trust's Great Yarmouth and Waveney Wellbeing Service, MIND, DIAL, Julian Support, Phoenix Norcas and Healthwatch Suffolk.

There will also be a number of guest speakers talking about a variety of mental health topics including post natal depression, anxiety and cognitive behaviour therapy.

Trust Carers Lead for Yarmouth and Lowestoft, Howard Tidman, said: "We want to tackle stigma in our society and this forum focuses on improving people's mental wellbeing. This event has been timed to follow Time To Change's national Time To Talk Day on 5 February to raise awareness about the challenges faced with mental health issues. 

"As well as giving people the chance to openly share these experiences, we've arranged an excellent line-up of speakers from the field of mental health. There'll also be plenty of time to relax and try out some of the holistic therapies including reiki and emotional freedom therapy."

Members of the public are also very welcome to come along and find out more about mental health issues