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Learn more about Norfolk mental health

PUBLISHED: 14:38 01 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:11 03 July 2010

AWARD-winning mental health teams across Norfolk will be holding a tea, cake and activities afternoon in October and are inviting people to come along to find out more about what they do.

AWARD-winning mental health teams across Norfolk will be holding a tea, cake and activities afternoon in October and are inviting people to come along to find out more about what they do.

The five Norfolk Family Solutions Teams, which are jointly commissioned by NHS Norfolk, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney and Norfolk County Council, work from individual Norfolk bases in the north, south, east, west and central areas of NHS Norfolk's area and work with young people from the ages of four to 17.

On October 15, the teams will come together to hold an event at the Jubilee Centre in Norwich.

The event will be an opportunity to meet the teams, find out what they do and how they do it, while at the same time enjoying some tea and cake and taking part in activities to find out how to promote positive mental health in children and young people.

Since 1999, the teams have been providing a consultation service for families and other professionals who have concerns that a child may be developing mental health problems, offering training and workshops to people and attending events to promote positive child mental health.

The teams play a key role as part of Norfolk's child and adolescent mental health services to provide early intervention for children and young people and prevent the development of serious mental health problems. The teams are based in the community and see children and their families either at home, at school or in a GP surgery.

Each team discusses any concerns the child or patient/carer might have, and looks at practical ways to improve things.

These could include offering general advice for parents, using creative media to help children express emotions, offering tried and tested ways of solving problems, or sharing their skills to encourage positive mental health.

To book a place at the event, e-mail lisa.taylor@norfolk.gov.uk.

For more information about services in your area, call the NHS Norfolk Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0800 587 4132.

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