Inspirational stories will be told at mental health event

PUBLISHED: 14:51 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 27 June 2017

Former Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin. Photo: NSFT

Former Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin. Photo: NSFT


A special event giving people with experience of mental ill health the chance to hear inspirational stories from others while sharing their own ideas for promoting recovery will take place next week.

Former Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin. Photo: NSFTFormer Norwich City footballer Cedric Anselin. Photo: NSFT

Called Hearing Voices the event has been organised by Norwich Cathedral and is being supported by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT).

Taking place on Wednesday, July 5, it will feature inspirational speeches from former Norwich City player Cedric Anselin who will share his story of living with depression.

Other speakers will be Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn. Mr Laybourn was a stranger who stopped Mr Benjamin as he was about to take his life on Waterloo Bridge. They will speak about how the encounter changed their lives and turned them into ambassadors for mental health.

In addition, anyone who has had a mental health issue, together with carers, will be given the chance to share their experiences, views, ideas and suggestions with service providers such as NSFT and HPFT with the overall aim of helping make communities more recovery friendly.

NSFT chairman Gary Page. Photo: NSFTNSFT chairman Gary Page. Photo: NSFT

Canon Andy Bryant, from Norwich Cathedral, said: “During the event, people will be encouraged to explore the ‘what, who, how and why’ of coping.

“We will be asking what has helped or hindered their recovery, who has been there for them, how they have coped and where they have struggled so that we and work together to make our community more recovery friendly.

“We hope that the cathedral will provide a safe space for difficult discussions so that people feeling comfortable talking openly and honestly about their experiences.”

Chris Lawrence, chairman of HPFT said: “An important part of delivering great care and great outcomes is making the space and time to listen to the voices of our carers and service users. We see this event as an important opportunity to talk with people from Norfolk, with learning disabilities and autism, to help us all work together to improve their lives and opportunities.”

NSFT chairman Gary Page said: “We are delighted that NSFT has been able to support this important event, which will give people the chance to share their own stories while listening to others.

“We would encourage anyone with personal experience of mental ill health, whether as a service user or carer, to come along and talk about their ideas so that we can work together to further improve our focus on recovery.”

Hearing Voices takes place on Wednesday 5 July between 2pm and 4.30pm in the Weston Room at Norwich Cathedral. The afternoon will be facilitated by Robert Ashton, vice patron of the Norfolk Community Foundation.

For more information, contact Andy on 01603 218331 or by email at

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