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Suffolk User Forum increases its support for people with mental health problems




A charity will be able to support more people with mental health problems in Haverhill after making a vital new appointment.

The Ipswich based Suffolk User Forum (SUF) which supports around 4,000 people each year has appointed Siobhan Hemmett as its Engagement Lead for Mental Health Transformation.

Ms Hemmett will work across the Sudbury and Haverhill areas engaging with a wide range of individuals and groups and will also attend events aimed at supporting people with their emotional well-being.

Siobhan Hemmett (Left) who has joined the Suffolk User Forum from the Suffolk Constabulary, with members of the charity’s engagement team.Contributed picture
Siobhan Hemmett (Left) who has joined the Suffolk User Forum from the Suffolk Constabulary, with members of the charity’s engagement team.Contributed picture

Ms Hemmett, 46, from Sudbury will contribute to supporting those who are lonely, vulnerable and mentally unwell.

A key aspect of her role will be to feed-back her findings from a grassroots level to commissioners to help ensure people suffering with mental health issues have access to the appropriate care, service and support they need.

Jayne Davey, SUF Manager, said: “We are delighted to have added Siobhan to the team which will allow us to help significantly more people suffering with mental health issues both directly and indirectly by working closely with other groups.

“We are now in a stronger position than ever before to offer our valuable services to people across Suffolk living with mental health issues, which is fantastic news for those needing such support.”

Ms Hemmett comes with a wealth of experience in the field due to her three years as the mental health lead for the Suffolk Constabulary.

During her time with the force she worked closely working with people who were suffering with mental health episodes who came into contact with the police.

Her role included directing people with mental health issue to the appropriate support and agencies, hence reducing demand on police resources.

She also played a pivotal role in developing the Suffolk Suicide Prevention Strategy.

She said: “I have worked alongside SUF for a number of years so I have a deep understanding of the important work it does and how it helps many people across Suffolk to improve their lives.

"I am delighted to have joined such an inspirational team and my aim is to help as many people across the Sudbury and Haverhill areas as possible to deal with any mental health or emotional difficulties they may be having.

"I also want my findings to help shape better, fit-for purpose mental health services in Suffolk.

"I know from my experience that with the right support and care people with mental health issues can make full recoveries and go on to lead meaningful and successful lives.

“I have also lived my own mental health issues, so I have real empathy with the people I will be supporting and one of my main aims is to continue to remove the stigma that exists around mental health issues.”

SUF is led by mental health service users and family carers.

It works closely with individual mental health service users and their families.

The charity shares service user feedback to help decision-makers ensure the appropriate support and services are available to improve people’s emotional well-being and mental health.

The charities vision is to become the leading organisation in Suffolk championing equal and valued partnerships between mental health service users, commissioners and providers; combining mutual strengths and experience to improve services.

Anyone needing further information on SUF and wants to find out more about becoming a member should telephone 01473 907087 or email. hello@suffolkuserforum.co.uk

More information is also available on the SUF website www.suffolkuserforum.co.uk



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