Former Suffolk Police mental health co-ordinator from Sudbury joins wellbeing charity to extend help to more people in need
A former police mental health co-ordinator from Sudbury hopes her new role with a Suffolk charity will enable more people to get help with their emotional wellbeing.
Siobhan Hemmett has been appointed as the engagement lead for mental health transformation at the Suffolk User Forum (SUF), an organisation that works with mental health service users and their families.
Her role will see her engage with individuals and groups across the Sudbury area, to make sure they are able to access appropriate care and support for their needs.
Ms Hemmett, 46, previously worked for four years as the mental health lead at Suffolk Constabulary, supporting people with mental health difficulties who had come in contact with police, as well as helping to develop the Suffolk Suicide Prevention Strategy.
“I have worked alongside SUF for a number of years, so I have a deep understanding of the important work it does and how it helps many people across Suffolk to improve their lives,” she said.
“I am delighted to have joined such an inspirational team, and my aim is to help as many people as possible to deal with any mental health or emotional difficulties they may be having.
“I also want my findings to help shape better, fit-for-purpose mental health services in Suffolk.
“I know from my experience that, with the right support and care, people with mental health issues can make full recoveries and go on to lead meaningful and successful lives.
“I have also lived with my own mental health issues, so I have real empathy with the people I will be supporting, and one of my main aims is to continue to remove the stigma that exists around mental health issues.”
Jayne Davey, manager of the Suffolk User Forum, added: “We are delighted to have added Siobhan to the team, which will allow us to help significantly more people suffering with mental health issues, both directly and indirectly, by working closely with other groups.
“We are now in a stronger position than ever before to offer our valuable services to people across Suffolk living with mental health issues, which is fantastic news for those needing such support.”