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Mental wellbeing road show to go on tour

​A road show to promote mental health and wellbeing will later this month tour 10 different venues throughout Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

The initiative is being led by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and will be supported by its Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney service and other organisations, including Carers Matter Norfolk, Better Together Norfolk, Suffolk Family Carers and Feedback.

Anyone is welcome to pop along for a chat and information. For a list of dates, times and venues, see below:

Monday, 15 July
10am-12.30pm, Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Fritton
1.30pm-4pm, Lathams department store, Potter Heigham

Tuesday, 16 July
10am-12.30pm, Martham Health Centre
1.30pm-4pm, Gorleston Library

Wednesday, 17 July
10am-4pm, James Paget Hospital, Gorleston (Main Entrance)

Thursday, 18 July
10am-12.30pm, Bungay Buttercross
1.30pm-4pm, The Thoroughfare, Halesworth

Friday, 19 July
10am-12.30pm, outside The Kings Head Hotel, Beccles
1.30pm-4pm, South Green, Southwold

Saturday, 20 July
10am-4pm, Great Yarmouth Market Place

NSFT mental health nurse Howard Tidman, who is also the Trust’s Carers Lead for Great Yarmouth, said people attending any of the road show events would be able to talk to experts, pick up advice and learn about the services that are available to help them.

“The aim of the week is to get out into our community to reach as many people as possible, because we can’t always expect people to come to us,” he said.

“Not everybody drives or has access to a car, and public transport in some rural parts is either poor or non-existent, so the road show helps us to engage with people who otherwise can be hard to reach.

“We’ve held them for several years now and we’re asked about a wide range of topics, such as drug and alcohol issues, as well as anxiety and depression.”

Mr Tidman added that one of the aims of the road show was to help people at an early stage before any mental health or wellbeing issues they have deteriorate and become serious.

Caption: A flashback to when the mental wellbeing road show visited Bungay on 19 July last year.

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