Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Bury St Edmunds: Ruthie Henshall launches new wellbeing service

12:00 11 October 2012

Ruthie Henshall, star of the West End and Broadway and patron of Suffolk Family Carers, launches a new wellbeing service, called the Suffolk Wellbeing Service. Ruthie ties a message onto the wellbeing tree sapling.

Ruthie Henshall, star of the West End and Broadway and patron of Suffolk Family Carers, launches a new wellbeing service, called the Suffolk Wellbeing Service. Ruthie ties a message onto the wellbeing tree sapling.

Archant

New wellbeing service is launched

shares

WEST End and Broadway star Ruthie Henshall has launched a service to help people improve their emotional wellbeing.

The Suffolk Wellbeing Service, which is run by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with other organisations, combines a range of approaches and resources to enable people to manage common emotional problems such as low mood, stress or anxiety.

Miss Henshall, from Reydon, officially launched the service at the Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds yesterday by being the first person to write a wish about improving emotional wellbeing on a card and hanging it on a tree sapling.

The launch coincided with World Mental Health Day and Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Month.

Miss Henshall said: “For some people there are times in our lives when we can feel stressed, anxious, depressed, confused or simply cannot cope. Sometimes these feelings can be so overwhelming they can start to affect our daily lives and stop us doing the things we enjoy.

“Many people may feel that nothing can be done or it’s okay to feel like this, but this is not the case.”

She said the new service would provide help for those aged 13 and upwards, adding how what was “incredible” about the service was people could self-refer.

“So if you know anyone or you are somebody who is suffering you don’t have to suffer any more and you don’t have to suffer in silence. You can get in contact with the Suffolk Wellbeing Service. Visit www.readytochange.org.uk”

Miss Henshall said her involvement came about as she is patron of Suffolk Family Carers, which is one of the service’s partners.

“It was something that I felt positive about. I lost a sister to depression, and nobody knew how bad things were. We have to recognise this. We have to do something about this.”

She added: “I have been depressed in my life and I don’t think I have spoken to anyone who hasn’t been at some stage.”

Nesta Reeve, clinical psychologist and lead for the service, said: “The Suffolk Wellbeing Service can help people to improve emotional wellbeing through a range of support systems that’s right for them.

“This could include advice at workshops, computerised interactive support or putting people in touch with friends in the community - the options are varied and we aim to give people the right support at the right time.”

Service partners include The Shaw Trust, Mentis Tree, VoiceAbility, Mind, Big White Wall, Suffolk Family Carers and 4YP.

To find out more visit www.readytochange.org.uk, phone 03001231781 or visit your GP.

Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust merged with Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust in January this year to become Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

shares

0 comments

Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

More than 70 former pupils of a Suffolk school embroiled in abuse allegations complained to police of physical mistreatment by staff in 1997, it has emerged.

Bury St Edmunds photographer Tom Murray with Cilla Black at a private viewing of his London exhibition of his Beatles images.

He has spent time with many celebrities during his career, but for Beatles photographer Tom Murray, Cilla Black had “true star quality”.

The A1088 closed at Honington following an accident.

Community leaders have expressed their sympathies following the latest fatal crash on Suffolk’s roads.

Broadband boost

Suffolk is to get an extra £3.9million to boost the county’s attempt to bring broadband to more properties as the current scheme has been more successful than anticipated.

Erica Burrows, Alan Gilbert, Nicola Johnson and Fiona wright campaign to get Christchurch park and mansion voted greatest place in England.

Two of Suffolk’s largest and most historic towns are going head to head in a battle to be named one of England’s Great Places by a national body.

Ipswich Magistrates Court in Elm Street.

A 60-year-old man is due to appear in court this morning charged with three driving offences.

Can you spot him? Andrew Hawes in the camouflage gear he plans to use to catch people not clearing up after their dogs.

Dog walkers who fail to clean up after their pets could find their photos appearing on the internet.

Les Munro while visiting the Bomber Command Memorial in London. Credit: RAFBF/Adrian Brooks/Imagewise.

The last surviving Dambusters pilot, Les Munro, has died in New Zealand, aged 96.

Orwell Bridge

Police have said that a man who died after apparently falling from the Orwell Bridge was from the Halesworth area.

Fred Olsen's four cruise ships arrive in the Norwegian port of Bergen.

Ipswich-based Fred Olsen Cruises created a first for the company when all four of its liners came together for a stop at the Norwegian port of Bergen.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages