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Volunteers to mark World Mental Health Day in Stowmarket

Stowmarket Voluntary and Statutory Partnership (VASP) will mark World Mental Health Day on Thursday by inviting residents to find out more about the mental health services available in the town.

Volunteers will be outside Stowmarket United Reformed Church, in Ipswich Street, offering tea, coffee and cakes to passers-by who can also learn more about mental health services.

United Reformed Church in Stowmarket
United Reformed Church in Stowmarket

Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for communities, said: “As a teacher I am very aware of the vulnerability, stresses and pressures that modern day life brings to young adults, as well as the insatiable appetite for social media and the problems that it brings.

"Mental health problems are increasing across the board but never before have we had so many young people needing help. We should all be vigilant and help our children and young people by supporting them through rough times.

“If someone needs help, we all have a duty of care to support them and seek expert advice. Don’t ignore a problem and hope it goes away. We all need to take responsibility and prevent a life being wasted through lack of care and commitment.”

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