World Mental Health Day – 10 October
A special event designed to raise awareness of mental health and the support which is available to help care for carers will take place in Norwich in the run up to World Mental Health Day.
Care for Carers and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) have been working closely together to ensure that this year's event reaches out to even more families and carers. This event will give people the chance to find out more about local services which can help carers to safeguard their own health and wellbeing. These include charities such as Norfolk Family Carers, Mind Norwich and the Alzheimer's Society, as well as Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney and the Recovery College, which are both run by NSFT.
Everyone who comes along will also be invited to add their own mental health pledge – no matter how small – to a tree of hope. All of the entries will then be entered into a prize draw, with the winner presented with a basket of goodies donated by a local company.
The event takes place in the Atrium at the Forum on Monday 8 October from 9am – 3pm, and comes in the run up to World Mental Health Day, which falls on 10 October.
Pip Everett (pictured left), a Carers Lead for NSFT, said: "We would encourage anyone in a caring role, as well as families and supporters, to come along and join us at this special event, which will showcase the range of help which is available locally to support carers.
"A range of partner organisations will be on hand to offer help and advice, while anyone who attends will also be able to find out more about the support our Wellbeing service offers for common mental health problems such as stress and anxiety."
Jill Curtis (pictured right), also a Carers Lead for NSFT, added: "Colleagues from our Recovery College will also be on hand to share information about the wide range of courses we provide, which include mindfulness, looking after your physical health, goal setting and wellness planning.
"We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to this special event so that we can help raise awareness of the vital support which is available."
Peter Rowley, Founder/Chairman of Care for Carers, said: "The caring role is likely to come into all of our lives at some point, so we hope that this event will provide people with the information and support they need to be able to continue their caring role or where to get help in the future.
"There is often a crossover between physical and mental health and I hope that this event will bring services together to support carers that find themselves in this position. Having the correct information and knowing where to go for help enables us to deal with situations more effectively.
"We really want to show how much we value carers and the important role they play. Looking after their own wellbeing is paramount, but during stressful times this can get forgotten.
"Above all we want people to come along, gather information, be part of celebrating World Mental Health Day and generally have a good time."
For more information about Care for Carers go to: www.careforcarers.org.uk
To find out more about the help and support available through Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney, visit: www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/
For more about he Recovery College and the courses which are available, go to: www.nsft.nhs.uk/Get-involved/Pages/Recovery-College.aspx
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