People from across Norfolk and Waveney are being invited to three special open events where they can find out more about the range of specialist support which is available to help overcome anxiety, stress or depression.

Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney has organised the three events to showcase the wide variety of help and support it provides to people with common mental health conditions, such as stress, anxiety and depression. It comes after the recommissioned service was launched in September by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT), in partnership with three local MIND organisations and Relate.

The open mornings all take place on Wednesday, 27 January and will be held at:

  • Central Norfolk Hub, The Annex, Holland Court, The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DY
  • West Norfolk Hub, Providence Street Community Centre, King’s Lynn, PE30 5ET
  • East Norfolk Hub, Oaktree Centre, Northgate Street, Northgate Hospital, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1BU

During the events, which all run from 10am to 12.30pm, people will be able to find out about the wide range of easily accessible interventions offered by Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney. This includes talking therapies, one-to-one support, courses, social events, as well as Skype consultations and online webinars, which make it as simple as possible for people to access help, regardless of where they live.

They will also get the chance to meet staff, service users and peer support workers, who all have lived experience of mental health issues and use their own stories to help inspire others.

Following the open mornings, Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney will host a special celebration event for partners and stakeholders at the Forum in Norwich, where speakers will explain more about how the service was designed and the difference it is making to people.

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind (national), and Norman Lamb MP, former Minister of State for Care and Support, will attend the invite-only event, which will also include a taster session giving attendees more information about practicing mindfulness.

Staff representing all partners who run the service, including NSFT, Relate, which provides relationship counselling, and Mind, will be on hand to answer questions.

Nesta Reeve, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead, said: “Our improved Wellbeing service is already making a difference to hundreds of people, and we are delighted with the way it has been received since its launch.

“We have organised these three special open mornings to give everyone the chance to find out more about the wide range of help which is available, which includes courses, cognitive behavioural therapy, one-to-one support and social events. We hope they will help anyone with a common mental health condition to get the right support to suit them before their problems become too great, so that they can return to a happy and productive life.”

The morning events are open to everyone. Due to restrictions on numbers, the afternoon event is by invitation only.

Anyone who would like help from the service can speak to their GP, self-refer on the website or by calling 0300 123 1503.

You can also find out more by following @WellbeingNandW on Twitter or visiting www.facebook.com/WellbeingNandW

People who live in Suffolk can continue to access the Suffolk Wellbeing Service by visiting www.readytochange.org.uk/suffolk or calling 0300 123 1781.

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