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Young people invited to London for TV debate on mental health services

Young people who have experienced mental health issues will to take part in a TV debate on Wednesday (11 March) examining ways in which care could be further improved in the future. 

Six young people will travel to the event alongside staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to share their first-hand accounts of coping with mental health problems and discuss changes which could be made to services around the UK.

Some of the group were invited to the day, called the 'Feel Happy Fix Live' after meeting Secretary of State Nicky Morgan and Minister Sam Gyimah at the Department of Education last month. The remainder were asked to attend through their role as members of the Trust's Youth Council, which aims to ensure young people’s voices are heard when planning and delivering services.

The event has been organised by the Fixers charity, and will include focus groups, films, interviews and a Question Time-style debate, hosted by presenters Anna Williamson and Adam Rickitt, which will be filmed at ITV’s studios for broadcast at a later date.

Around 60 young people from across the country will be taking part, and will talk about everything from eating disorders to depression, self-harm, body dysmorphia and psychosis.

It is hoped Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Luciana Berger, Shadow Minister for Public Health, will also attend.

Rob Mack, the Trust's Deputy Service Manager, Child and Adolescent, said: “It’s fantastic that so many of the young people we work with have been invited to take part in this exciting event.

“It will give them the chance to have their say on the issues which matter to them whilst also helping to break down some of the stigmas around mental health.

“We have really focussed on engaging with our young people over recent years, and now have an active group who help feed into debates around mental health while helping to find ways to further improve the support which is available. This invitation from Fixers shows that people really are listening to our young people and their experiences of care in Norfolk and Suffolk, which is a testament to the hard work of our team.”

For more information about the event, please click here.