Wellbeing Suffolk has celebrated its first birthday after helping nearly 15,500 people with common mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress within just 12 months.
Staff from the service, together with service users and commissioners, held a special event for invited guests at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket yesterday (Monday 9) to explain more about help available and the difference the service has made to date.
Wellbeing Suffolk provides a range of holistic, tailored services for both children and adults to support their emotional wellbeing, such as talking therapies, workshops, group sessions and one-to-one help. It aims to provide accessible, responsive help before people’s problems become too great.
The service is provided by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with a variety of community and third sector organisations, including Suffolk Family Carers, Relate and 4YP, who provide interventions to boost wellbeing.
During the celebration, guests heard about the service’s journey so far and new developments which have taken place, including:
• Increasing the support available for children, young people and families by providing additional cognitive behavioural therapists, building on existing links with schools and developing specific webinars and courses to reach people at an earlier stage.
• Helping more people to remain in work or find a job by providing more employment advisors to give advice and arrange training.
• Working more closely with partners to make improve mental healthcare for those with long term physical conditions.
Staff also explained more about new webinars, courses and other interventions which are currently being developed to further increase the support which is available.
Nesta Reeve, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead from NSFT said: “We were really pleased to be celebrating Wellbeing Suffolk’s successful first year. During the past 12 months, the service has supported thousands of people of all ages, helping them overcome conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress, get back to work and lead a fulfilling life.
“We have worked incredibly hard alongside service users and partners to develop the service over the past 12 months so that it truly meets the needs of anyone in Suffolk who needs support with a common mental health problem. We will continue to look for ways to evolve and improve still further so that we can make sure we are providing the very best services to help local people lead a productive and enjoyable life.”
Anyone aged 16 or over can self-refer to Wellbeing Suffolk by calling 0300 123 1781 or visiting www.wellbeingnands.co.uk Those aged 15 or under should contact their GP or another health or social care professional who can support a referral.
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