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Support for carers showcased in Carers' Week

Unpaid carers in Norfolk and Suffolk will have the chance to find out more about issues which affect them with a series of virtual events during Carers’ Week.

NSFT’s carers lead Howard Tidman has brought together guest speakers and other carers leads from the Trust for a series of series of talks and discussions, from 8-10 June.

The series will launch on Wednesday 8 June with a talk by Joanne Hodgekins from the UEA, entitled Social Recovery Following an Episode of Psychosis: what is it and how can we support it, 11am-12pm.

Jo is a clinical psychologist and clinical senior lecturer at Norwich Medical School. She has been involved in research with people with psychosis and young people who may be at risk of developing psychosis, with particular interest in using psychological interventions to improve outcomes.

On Thursday 9 June, 2-3pm, Catherine Phillips, carers’ lead trainer at NSFT, will talk about Stepping Back Safely workshops, which are designed to help carers supporting people at risk of suicide.

The workshops provide carers with coping skills and tools to help manage risk while also raising awareness of safety planning. Catherine will talk about how they were developed alongside people with lived and learned experience of supporting loved ones with long-term suicide risks and self-harming behaviours. She said: “Several people in the working group, have very sadly lost a loved one to suicide.”

From 4-5pm on Thursday, there will be chance to find out what support carers can access as Carers Together hosts a discussion, with other guests.

There’s an evening talk, 7-8pm, on Thursday from Belinda Lennox about the Pip 2 study. Belinda is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University and honorary consultant psychiatrist in the Early Intervention in Psychosis service for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. 

She is currently involved in a clinical trial to see whether immunotherapy is an effective treatment approach for people with psychosis, with the theory is that 10 % of those with psychosis have raised immune system and can be cured if they are treated within two years of the onset of the illness.

Joanne and Belinda are working with the Trust’s research team on their projects.

Friday’s event, from 4-5pm, is an introduction to the carers’ group at NSFT, when carers’ leads will talk about what the Trust is doing to support carers online and face-to-face.

The week will be followed by a carers’ event, Sharing Ways for Living Well, at The Forum in Norwich, on Monday 13 June. The free event is open to all and will run 9am-3pm, with stalls showcasing services and support within the area for carers. The event has been organised in partnership with Care for Carers.

All of the sessions will be recorded and be available to watch on NSFT’s You Tube channel. Links will be shared on the carers section of the website.

Howard said: “We wanted to mark Carers’ Week with some interesting topics for discussion and hope that carers will log in to find out more and let us know their views. The event on Friday is a chance for carers to meet others and find out more about what is available to help.”

All events with be held via Microsoft teams. Joining information is available on the NSFT website at www.nst.nhs.uk/carersweek2022

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