A ‘Mindfulness Bus’ is taking to the road this month to meet hard-to-reach people living in rural locations in Norfolk and Suffolk and give them information on a range of mental health issues.
The bus, run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, will visit 130 villages across both counties to meet service users, their carers, families and friends, as well as members of the public. The 22-day road trip follows months of planning after the Trust joined forces with Norfolk County Council and Suffolk Library’s mobile bus service, parish councils and the Women’s Institute.
Trust staff will be on board one library bus a day to provide residents with as much information as they need on mental health issues including stress, anxiety, depression and dementia.
Gary Page, chair of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Many people living in rural communities face considerable challenges when accessing key services and amenities. Though there are many benefits to living in the country, a lack of transport can create real problems, particularly for the elderly.
“This exciting initiative enables us to meet not just those with mental health concerns, but anyone who would like to learn more about mental health, wellbeing, our services or those of our partners.”
The Mindfulness Bus is on the road until September 30. Full details of routes and locations are available at www.nsft.nhs.uk/mindfulnessbus