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​Workshops to launch in Suffolk to support people with mental health problems and emotional difficulties

Published on 24/10/17 03:15:pm

A new partnership has been formed to offer ‘unique and inspiring’ workshops across Suffolk to support people suffering with mental ill health and emotional difficulties.

The Suffolk User Forum (SUF) has teamed up with Action for Happiness to provide the eight-week Exploring What Matters courses, which will run from April next year.

SUF is a service user led charity, based in Ipswich, which works to promote emotional and mental health well-being. Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society and counts the Dalai Lama as one of its patrons.

Speaking at the organisations AGM held at the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket earlier this week SUF manager Jayne Davey said: “We are delighted to be delivering the Exploring What Matters courses across Suffolk. The course is unique and inspiring and is based upon the latest scientific evidence around how to achieve happiness and emotional well-being.

“As a service user led organisation we are encouraging new approaches to achieving well-being learning from developments across the world which has enabled people to build on their strengths, to feel valued and connected. The Exploring What Matters workshops are very much part of this approach and each session has a theme such as what really matters in life? What actually makes us happy and how should we treat others. This course have been tried and tested in other parts of the UK and has helped many people to enjoy more fulfilled lives so it is great news to now have the course available in Suffolk.”

The Exploring What Matters course will be run over eight weekly sessions, each of which will be two-hours long. Service users are currently being consulted on the best locations from which to hold the workshops, details of which will be announced in the near future.

People wanting to enrol on the course would need to become a member of SUF, which means they would also have access to wide support networks and information around emotional and mental health wellbeing.

Anyone needing further information on the Exploring What Matters workshops should contact SUF on 01473 907087 or by emailing

Picture caption: SUF manager Jayne Davey talking about the new partnership with Action for Happiness at the recent AGM.

Members of the media needing more information should in the first instance contact Patrick Lowman of Patrick Lowman PR on 07792 428555 or by email