Welcome to Suffolk User Forum

  Providing feedback to inform, shape and improve services.  Active across the whole of Suffolk.  

SUF Ipswich office :  Unit 3a, Grange Business Centre, Tommy Flowers Drive, Kesgrave,  Ipswich IP5 2BY  

 Mental Health Awareness Workshops

                Suffolk User Forum have developed workshops that can be delivered in your workplace,                                       for your staff and managers.

These workshops introduce the benefits of maintaining a mentally healthy workplace. They look at the steps anyone can take to look out for others at work and a short DVD is shown to provide examples of early warning signs. The focus of the workshop is discussion around the knowledge of mental ill health already existing with staff and how these “Hidden Talents” can be used to benefit the whole company.
see our workplace wellbeing page for more information

 New Staff at Suffolk User Forum

meet Wendy Shepherd, Service User Engagement Lead and Claire Lee, Office Administrator                        

The latest SUF newsletter May 2015 is available now to download as a pdf

A Suffolk Human Rights Training day with the British Institute for Human Rights

SUF ran a workshop on the 9th June on the subject of Human Rights in Practice.

The focus was on the human rights application within mental health case work.

More information is on our Events page

Workplace Wellbeing

1 in 6 employees are currently experiencing mental ill health which, every year, costs British businesses in terms of lost production over £1000 per employee. 

View a 4 minute long presentation film here

 In business mental health is everyone's business

Suffolk User Forum (SUF) is a user led mental health Charity.
This means that all of our trustees, staff and volunteers have lived experience of mental ill health. This matters to us because we have a genuine understanding of living with or caring for people with mental ill health.
We are dedicated to speaking out for the mental health & wellbeing of service users in Suffolk when they need help to do so. SUF covers the whole range of services from wellbeing to support; from GP led care and treatment through to voluntary and statutory sector services including in-patient care.

SUF is funded by the Mental Health Pooled Fund which is a joint fund shared between the Ipswich and East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the West Suffolk CCG and Suffolk County Council.
Our primary role in delivering the voice of mental health service users is to work together with people who use mental health and wellbeing services to ensure that they have every opportunity to express their experiences of access to and the services available and can receive information that enables them to have greater choice, control and independence in their lives.

By working together as peers, we give people with mental ill health equal value and acceptance, understanding of the challenges of being a human being. We gather and collate these experiences, reporting back (anonymously) to service providers and commissioners offering insights into the lived experience, supporting a process called co-production. This is where people, carers and professionals by working together as equal partners can design, develop, commission, deliver and review mental health services, information and advice. This process provides the opportunity for people with lived experience, to be involved in decision making, transforming services to better meet theirs and other people's needs, delivering on mental wealth for all communities in Suffolk.

A key part of our role is to ensure that people with mental health needs have the information that they need, when they need it; that this is easy to access and to understand. We check that information is consistent, accurate, accessible and up to date, so that people have the opportunity to know what is going on in their community and to make more informed choices.

To find out more about mental health in your area please go to our Suffolk resources section:

Talking Mental Wealth does make it Happen.

Connecting people with the experience of mental illness

to support a stronger user voice. Tel 01473 329307