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  

 Telephone 01473 633733

  Email us directly at: hello@suffolkuserforum.co.uk or through our Contact Us page

 "Time to Talk" Day 4th February 2016
SUF had an excellent day at the library in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 4th February for the national "Time to Talk" day. There were so many diverse and interesting conversations we wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you to the SUF volunteers Linda, Pamela and Nigel. 
 Left, Franca of Suffolk VASP talking to Wendy Shepherd of SUF, Right, Dan Pennock of Healthwatch Suffolk making a dash for the morning coffee.  

The latest SUF newsletter January 2016 is available now to download.

This edition includes:-

  - Jayne Davey, SUF Manager, gave her own mental health service user experience at the meeting in public of the  West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body

- Time to Talk Day 4th February

- Wendy Shepherd, Service User and Engagement Lead whereabouts and where to meet

- A personal account from SUF member "Knowing you have despresion is worse than knowing you have cancer"

plus more information and events is to be found in our newsletter.


Dr Rosalind Tandy, GP and lead for the Bury St. Edmunds locality (pictured left) and Jayne Davey SUF Manager (right).


Follow this link or contact us for a paper copy.
To subscribe to the newsletter please email hello@suffolkuserforum.co.uk


Modern Matrons Mental Health Roadshow

Suffolk Modern Matrons Kris Panvalkar, Lianne Nunn and Tara Brown are holding a series
of roadshows visiting locations across Suffolk in 2016. By listening to and discussing local people’s experiences of mental health services the Matrons have a clear agenda to continue to improve the quality of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s services.
They would like to hear about your experiences of using mental health services and any ideas you may have on improving services.


     VASP, Suffolk VASP             Ipswich VASP updates and meeting dates for 2016

We are very pleased to announce that following this month's (December) meeting Ipswich VASP now have two wonderful vice chairs, Nigel Moyes and Elaine Thomas. This VASP meeting is due to start 2016 with an Ipswich based venue, with great thanks and appreciation to our hosts Suffolk Mind. Ipswich VASP Meetings to be held at Suffolk Mind, Westgate Street, Ipswich 10am - 12pm. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested in joining our network.
Please find below the meeting dates for 2016:-
           Wednesday 10th February 2016
           Wednesday 9th March 2016
           Wednesday 13th April 2016
           Wednesday 11th May 2016

  SUF newsletter October/November 2015 out now - download here or contact us for a paper copy

Human Rights Insert - Section 2 and Section 3 - download here or contact us for a paper copy

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

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.

To find out more about SUF and our key priorities for 2015-2017 please follow

this link to our About Us page.



Connecting people with the experience of mental illness

to support a stronger user voice. Tel 01473 633733