Spotlight on mental health recovery

MENTAL health will be the topic of a special event being held in Ipswich next week.Lemons into Lemonade is designed to look the idea of recovery and what it means to different people.

MENTAL health will be the topic of a special event being held in Ipswich next week.

Lemons into Lemonade is designed to look the idea of recovery and what it means to different people.

Raza Ahmed, day services director for East Suffolk Mind, said: “Everybody in mental health services seems to have started talking about recovery just recently and there are different views depending on where they are coming from.

“A government department may talk about it as getting back to paid work and coming off benefits but someone else who has experience of mental ill health may see it as being able to get out of their flat once a week without feeling paranoid and anxious.

“The day got its title from the idea of turning a raw product in to something more polished.”

The event will bring together a range of different organisations, including the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership Trust (SMHPT) and will also feature a guest speaker from New Zealand.

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Mr Ahmed said: “There is an awful lot of good work going on in the mental health field over there. They are several years further forward than us in the UK.”

The event is open to mental health patients, their carers and anyone else with an interest in mental health.

It will take place at the St Nicholas Centre in Cutler Street in Ipswich on Tuesday from 1.30pm to 4pm.

Places are limited. To book call 01473 2331666 or email esther@eastsuffolkmind.org.uk

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