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As you will be aware, #averydifferentconversation has been happening across east and west Suffolk since May 2018.

During the past six months, our partnership - Suffolk User Forum, Suffolk Parent Carer Network, Suffolk Family Carers and Healthwatch Suffolk, along with the NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Suffolk County Council - has had 4,430 direct contacts with members of the public, received 737 online survey responses and held more than 40 workshop sessions across the county.  

This wide-ranging engagement has produced a huge amount of data that has been painstakingly and skilfully analysed by Healthwatch Suffolk (HWS).

The partnership has taken the findings from the HWS report and information provided by Public Health Suffolk in the form of its Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) of Mental Health for the county to produce a draft Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Strategy for east and west Suffolk.

We would now like to know if we correctly understand the nearly 15,000 comments we have received, whether they are reflected in the strategy and, just as importantly, if we have missed anything.

Between 29 November and 10 January we will be asking you to give feedback via a survey which can be accessed HERE: along with the draft strategy, a headline summary, Healthwatch Suffolk’s full report and Public Health Suffolk’s JSNA.

We really want to hear your views on our work to date, so we can continue having a #verydifferentconversation to help create a very different future for the people of Suffolk.

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