Mental Health & Wellbeing Forums

These meetings and forums include

Drug Related Deaths Multi-agency Strategic working group.

This multi-agency group was formed by Public Health Suffolk in 2017 to improve the way agencies involved in providing support to people affected by drug use work together to prevent drug related deaths. As part of this working group we actively feed into these discussions raising awareness of the importance to involve family carers in the care and support of people affected by drug use and to help improve the way information is shared across agencies.

A key aspect and aim of this work is to improve the learning from ‘near misses’ across Suffolk and if you have experiences you would like to share to strengthen this work we are very keen to hear from you!

You can do this by getting in touch through submissuse@suffolkfamilycarers.org

Overview and Assurance Group meetings to support and monitor Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust improvement work

As part of the improvement plan created by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) in response to the most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission we, alongside other stakeholders, attend monthly meetings to monitor and evaluate the work being done to support the required improvements within the local mental health trust. This gives you the opportunity to share with us your experiences of NSFT so that, alongside other opportunities offered by NSFT as part of this process, you have the opportunity for your voice and experiences of the trust’s services to be heard.

If there you have feedback you would like us to share with Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust please do get in touch. We have set up an on-line forum to share this information and to do so please visit our website and register to get started!

The Carers Trust Mental Health Development Group Meeting

We are members of The Carers Trust and our membership of this group enables us to feed into national strategy initiatives developed by The Carers Trust, such as Triangle of Care. Our membership enables us not only to influence national strategies designed to improve the support and services available to family carers though also for us to share and learn best practice from other carers organisations across the country.

Through this we are able to share with you opportunities to get involved in national campaigns and initiatives, enabling you to influence both the local and national agenda, giving you a voice to support improvement in the way that services are development to meet family carer need.

East Suffolk Triangle of Care Meetings

Within East Suffolk we attend Triangle of Care meetings facilitated by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT). These meetings enable us to share your experiences of caring for a person receiving services from the mental health trust, sharing positive news as well as raising your concerns and issues. In this way, alongside carers leads and champions within the Trust we are able to share what you tell us in a way which influences and strengths your inclusion within the care of the person you are supporting.

If you would like us to share feedback from experiences you have had as a family carer supporting a person accessing East Suffolk NSFT services please get in touch by contacting us at MH@suffolkfamilycarers.org

Time to Change

We are members of the Suffolk Time to Change Steering Group and attend meetings and events to support the social movement to challenge stigma and normalise conversations about mental health and well-being across Suffolk. This provides us with the opportunity of helping you to get involved in the Time to Change movement to utilise and share knowledge of your role as family carers. A key way of doing this is to become a Time to Change Champion which will then enable us to deliver events and activities across Suffolk.

For more information about Time to Change please follow this link and become a Time to change champion!

As an employer we have also signed the Time to Change employers pledge, providing a commitment towards positive mental well-being within the workplace.