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Milestone events in mental health transformation

A series of drop-in sessions next week mark a milestone in the progress of #AVeryDifferentConversation and the transformation of mental health services.

People from across east and west Suffolk are being invited to have their say on the proposals for what services could look like for children, young people and their families, community mental health services, 24/7 mental crisis and learning disabilities.

The first phase of #AVeryDifferentConversation began in May 2018 by gathering the views of more than 4000 people on how the local mental health system could be improved. From this feedback the 10 Year East and West Suffolk Mental Health Strategy was created, followed by the second phase involving health, care and co-production partners designing the draft service models that truly reflect the changes people said they want to see.

These drop-in sessions are giving people the chance to examine in detail these high-level draft service models so that any changes can be incorporated before their proposed introduction by September 2020.

The sessions will take place on:

-Tuesday 12th November - The Mix, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1BB 10 am - 1 pm

-Wednesday 13th November - Blackbourne Community Centre, Elmswell IP30  9GY 10 am - 2 pm

-Thursday 14th November - Holiday Inn, London Road, Copdock IP2 OUA 10 am - 2 pm

Dr Rosalind Tandy, a GP in Bury St Edmunds and mental health lead for NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group,  said: “It is incredibly exciting to reach this stage of #AVeryDifferentConversation which has seen historic levels of working together between service users, the public and our local health and care organisations.

“What has been achieved already is fantastic, but there is still much work to be done and I hope people will take the time to consider these proposals and tell us what they think. It’s essential that we get it right which is why it is so important people get involved.”

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