Our vision is to reach as many parents and carers across Suffolk as we can who are in the isolating place of caring for a child or young person with mental health issues. We want to both support (either by face to face meetups, online forums, and our new outreach service) and also offer training and tools to help both with a parent/carers wellbeing and via them, their child/young person too.
We are continuously researching new ideas and projects to both input experience from our parents and to share good ideas and therapeutic tools with our parents/carers. We believe in training our parents/carers to support each other and to reach as many others as possible to share the knowledge and experience we have gained.
We are all parents/carers of children and young people who have had or are currently having issues with their mental health and as such we are experienced in the feelings and issues which may arise. We believe that by supporting each other we can help reduce the isolation and stigma, in a 100% non-judgemental forum.
We are extremely proud of the confidentiality rule between our members. Everything remains in confidence unless we have asked for permission to use for feedback in a survey or another piece of specific work. If we feel that you may be at risk of harm or of causing harm to someone else, we will speak to you about this in a non-judgemental way but may need to then speak to somebody else to prevent harm.
We currently have 5 trustees (Bec, Clare, Emily, Lucy and Jane) who are all Suffolk parents with a wide experience of mental health & other relevant issues in our own children, including: anxiety, depression, self-harm, school refusal, ASD, Aspergers, OCD, eating disorders, psychosis etc. We can be found via our email, on our Facebook public page, closed group, Twitter and Instagram. We also co-ordinate our monthly support group meet-ups across the county.
We are currently meeting up on the first Monday of every month in Stowmarket, and the third Monday in Bury St Edmunds. We are a very informal group and tea and coffee is always provided - sometimes even biscuits and cake! Come along.
PACT offer free, confidential support, including information and advice to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person. We offer a safe environment to support with no judgement.